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JUDGE REFUSES TO SEVER WENDOVER DRUG CASE

A circuit court judge has denied a motion to sever a case involving charges of wire-tapping and witness tampering against the former Wendover police chief and his brother.

June Carter, 35, is charged with one count of witness tampering and three counts of wire-tapping, all third-degree felonies. His brother, Larry Carter, is charged with one count of witness tampering.The charges stem from a drug case involving June Carter and his wife, Janese. According to court documents, Janese Carter, 29, a part-time evidence clerk in the Wendover Police Department, gave a confidential informant six ounces of cocaine and four ounces of methamphetamine in exchange for $16,000 last February.

June Carter is to stand trial Aug. 15 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

In a hearing Thursday, attorneys argued that the two should not be tried together, but Judge Edward Watson denied the motion.

The judge continued the preliminary hearing to July 12.