Russell County News-Register

Posted March 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm

After hearing evidence earlier this past Tuesday from the Kentucky State Police, the Russell County Grand Jury chose not to indict Deputy Sheriff Nick Bertram, 26, and returned a “No True Bill” during its monthly meeting at the Russell County Judicial Center in Jamestown.

This means the grand jury did not find “probable cause” for the charges of tampering with physical evidence, first degree official misconduct and theft by unlawful taking over $5,000.

State police arrested Bertram on January 4 on charges of burglary, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and official misconduct.

At a preliminary hearing on Friday, February 15, Bertram had all charges dismissed in district court by Judge Scott Lawless upon a motion by County Attorney Kevin Shearer.

On Tuesday, the charges against Bertram were dismissed “without prejudice” by order of Circuit Judge Vernon Miniard, Jr.

Russell County Sheriff Lee Smith has reinstated Bertram, who has been on leave since his arrest, in his capacity as deputy sheriff.

Deputy Bertram’s attorney, Derrick Helm of Jamestown, said Bertram would like to express his appreciation to the community for the support and prayers they have given him in this difficult time.