STANFORD — A Lincoln County man is being held without bond after he allegedly fired shots at a witness involved in a drug trafficking case against him.
Jerry L. McAninch, 40, of 425 Simms Spur Road, is lodged in the Lincoln County Regional Jail on charges of attempted murder, tampering with evidence and intimidation of a witness in a legal proceeding.
McAninch was arrested early Monday morning at his residence in the New Salem community by Deputy Sheriff Sim Thacker. Officers found the pistol allegedly used in the shooting hidden in a fuel tank on McAninch’s property, leading to the evidence tampering charge, the citation states.
Taylor, of Stanford, is identified in the citation as “an active participant in a criminal case against the subject.”
Jailer David Gooch said McAninch was arrested Jan. 19 on a warrant for first-degree trafficking in methadone. He was released that same day after posting a $$25,000 bond, Gooch said.
McAninch was among 12 people netted during an undercover drug operation in Lincoln County last year in which Kentucky State Police’s Drug Enforcement Special Investigations East unit used confidential informants to make drug buys. The sealed indictments released in October showed McAninch was charged with two counts of trafficking in methadone in March and April of last year.
McAninch was arrested on one of the counts in November and was released from jail before being picked up on the second count last week. He has a jury trial scheduled in Lincoln Circuit Court for April on the trafficking charges.
McAninch is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday in Lincoln District Court on the attempted murder and other charges.