Two charged with threatening retaliation

By Jackson Latta

PRESTONSBURG – Two Floyd County residents were arrested last week after law enforcement officials claimed that threats of violence had been made against witnesses and court officials.

A complaint warrant was issued against Melinda Clark after officers from the Attorney General’s Office charging that she had issued a threat against a participant in a legal process.

According to the complaint, Melinda Clark, 38, of Prestonsburg, posted direct and threatening comments on Facebook to two witnesses in a Floyd County Circuit Court case involving drug trafficking. The police report states that Clark posted to Facebook about two confidential sources saying, “you piece of (expletive deleted) (expletive deleted) will get everything you deserve and I promise your days are numbered.”

Clark was arrested on October 14, and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center.

John A. Barker, 37, of Martin, was also arrested and charged with retaliation against a participant in a legal process, and third-degree terroristic threatening.

According to court documents, Barker sent threatening messages on Facebook stating that “he would physically harm and/or cause damage to Judge Marcum, Tyler Green, Trooper Bryan Layne, Keith Bartley, Brent Turner, Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, and the Floyd County Detention Center.”

Barker had previously been charged with one count of harassing communications, a relatively minor class B misdemeanor.

He now faces six counts of retaliating against a participant in a legal process; a class D felony, as well as six counts of terroristic threatening, a class A misdemeanor.

Barker reportedly targeted these individuals and institutions for their “involvement” with his original charges.

Preliminary hearings were held on Monday, and the case has been remanded to a grand jury.

By Jackson Latta

Reach Jackson Latta at (606) 886-8506

Reach Jackson Latta at (606) 886-8506

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