Upon meeting Jerry in the courthouse that afternoon, I asked the security guard, Billy Joe Carroll, why Jerry‘s picture was posted at his station. Mr. Carroll informed me that Jerry was barred from the courthouse. I asked Mr. Carroll a second time, you mean Jerry can not enter the courthouse, and Mr. Carroll replied, that’s right he is not allowed to enter. (Jerry had grown a beard and was wearing a ball cap, and had entered through this checkpoint not being recognized just a few minutes before. Jerry was standing a few feet behind me in order to not draw attention to himself.)
Jerry and I then went to the McCracken County Sheriff’s department where we met Chief Deputy Mike Turnbow. Jerry had talked with Deputy Turnbow earlier that day. At that time Deputy Turnbow had checked the picture and verified to Jerry that it was indeed Jerry Nichols’ picture. Deputy Turnbow had called and verified that it was authorized by Judge Sanderson. He informed Jerry that Jerry could enter the courthouse and go anywhere Jerry wanted, but that Judge Sanderson and the Sheriff’s office were to be informed each and every time Jerry entered the courthouse.