Due Released from Hospital, Returns to Home Incarceration
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Former Covington Finance Director Bob Due appeared in Kenton County District Court on Wednesday afternoon for his rescheduled preliminary hearing which was canceled Tuesday because of his continued hospitalization following a suicide attempt.
Due, 63, was without his familiar beard and sat quietly in the middle of the courtroom before being called to the stand.
Through his attorney, Tim Schneider, Due waived the preliminary hearing and now his charges of theft by unlawful taking of more than $10,000, unlawful access to a computer, official misconduct, and possession of a forged instrument, will be handed over for consideration by the Kenton County Grand Jury.
On Tuesday, the question was raised about whether trouble had surfaced in Due's personal life and whether he would be able to return to his home. On Wednesday, Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said that he learned that if anyone were to leave the Independence home for good, that it would be Due's wife, Janet Patterson.
Due said in court that he would be looked after by a son and visited regularly by his other children.
He was accompanied in court by his daughter, a former intern in the City of Covington legal office who resigned her position following her father's arrest on August 23 after it was alleged that he stole a sum of money, now reported to be $600,000 from the city.
Concerns remain over Due's well-being. He was released from the hospital on Wednesday morning after a failed suicide attempt last Thursday.
"(Due)'s comments to me from Sunday on, he seems to me to have the right frame of mind," attorney Tim Schneider said. "I can tell you he is starting to realize what he did and how close he came to harming himself and how that impacted many people."
"I know your world has been turned upside down," Judge Douglas Grothaus said to Due. "Maybe the revelation of this has been one of the biggest reliefs of your life after carrying that guilt around."
"If you care about your family, I think you will continue with your mental health treatment and (abide by) court orders," the judge continued.
Added conditions to Due's bond, which he first posted nine days ago at a cost of $10,000 cash, include no access to firearms, drug screenings to ensure that he is taking his prescribed medication, and to allow medicine counts by jail staff.
Due's wife on Tuesday asked the court to unfreeze access to some of her money so that she can pay household bills. The accounts of the Due family were frozen following a restraining order granted to the city.
The City of Covington is suing Due, his family, and others in an attempt to recoup the $600,000.
Due, 63, lives in Independence. He faces twenty years in prison if convicted on all charges.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
Photo: Bob Due leaves the Kenton Co. Courthouse with attorney Tim Schneider/RCN