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Trial delayed as evidence still collected in case against worker

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE — A former Shepherdsville city employee who was indicted for not returning property as required will not go to trial until August.

In a hearing Wednesday, defense attorney Steve Romines said that he could not be ready for trial this week due to just receiving some discovery information in the trial.

Robert “Junior” Bright was indicted in March 2012 for allegedly failing to make required disposition of property valued at over $10,000.

Bright was the supervisor of a capital works team for the city of Shepherdsville. The team was hired and equipment purchased to install an interceptor sewer line under Salt River. The line would take sewage to the new treatment plant and would eliminate pump stations.

That project would later be turned over to private contractors and the work was not done properly by the city.

The indictment is a Class C felony and carries a prison sentence of 5-10 years.

Bright is currently on medical leave from the city.

During last week’s appearance in Bullitt Circuit Court, Romines said other discovery was still being sought from the commonwealth.

Assistant commonwealth attorney Nick Raley said it might take another 60 days to get the rest of the discovery to Romines.

With that in mind, Circuit Judge Rodney Burress said an Aug. 9 trial date.

The situation gained attention when the new administration in Shepherdsville learned that it was over $4 million short in revenue. An investigation was then conducted by the Kentucky State Police.

The lone charge to come out of the probe to date was against Bright.

The indictment alleges that Bright had possession of city equipment with permission from January 2009 through January 2011. The skid loader was found in Bright’s possession and there was evidence presented to the grand jury that there was no intention of returning it.

Bright remains free on bond.