MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — Kelsey Ketron was arrested on more than 70 counts of charges including fraud, perjury and money laundering and because of a scheduling conflict, she could stay in jail for several days.
A district attorney was brought in from Hamilton County. It was originally reported that a scheduling conflict was going to push her bond hearing to next Tuesday at the earliest.
However, her attorney Trey Harwell argued that she has the right to not to have to sit in jail for more than a week before getting a hearing, prompting the judge to move the hearing back to Friday. The judge told the district attorney that if he wants a say in the hearing, he'll need to find a way to be there.
Harwell released the following statement:
"We are astounded that after her arrest on Monday, Kelsey remains in jail. Any speculation that Kelsey is unable to post bond for financial reasons is absolutely false. We have tried for the past two days to work with the prosecution to have her released on bond but have yet to reach an agreement. The fact that she is now spending a third night in jail is unnecessary and unfair."
Ketron is accused of fraud and selling insurance without a license at her family's insurance business in Murfreesboro. Up until this point, the allegations had not been criminal but civil charges which were filed by state regulators with the Tennessee Department of Insurance.
She’s also accused of stealing more than $65,000 from her father’s various campaign accounts and his political action committee. She was treasurer for his Bill Ketron for County Mayor campaign account, his Senate campaign account and his quest political action committee.