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Former sheriff daughter's bond release raises questions

Connie Kelley (Source: Fayette County SO) Connie Kelley (Source: Fayette County SO)

Connie Kelley was booked in the Fayette County jail Saturday night around 7 p.m. on multiple charges, including DUI. She was released 24 hours later without bond.

Kelley is well known in Fayette County. She is currently on the Fayette County 911 board, which has some people wondering if she got special treatment.

"Would they do that for me, release me without a bail like that? How come she gets such special treatment?" Elizabeth Koonce asked.

Kelley was booked into the very jail at the justice complex named after her father, former long time Fayette County Sheriff Bill Kelley. Bill Kelley is now a Fayette County commissioner. Connie Kelley is on the Fayette County 911 board and a former circuit court clerk.

"It's special treatment. I don't say it’s nothing new. It goes on," Obberia Malone said.

Jail records show Kelley was stopped after her driving caught the attention of an officer. The DUI was for being under the influence and in possession of legend drugs--drugs that are prescription only and are labeled with the word Caution.

Walter Wooten, who was walking home after serving a 30-day sentence for burglary, wishes the judge had let him out without bond.

“I told him I'm still in school," Wooten said. "I'm still in school. I have my graduation. My graduation was May 12. I did not get a chance to graduate.” 

Attorney Leslie Ballin said in Shelby County it is highly unusual for a person charged with DUI to be let out without bond.

"Something's not right," Ballin said.  

WMC Action News 5 was unable to contact Connie Kelley for a comment or the judge to find out why he let her out of jail without bond.

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