Kentucky's largest bourbon heist back in court

Published: Apr. 2, 2016 at 8:58 PM EDT
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The case involving a high profile bourbon theft returned to court Friday morning. There were discussions over evidence.

After a dead period in the Pappygate case the attorney for alleged ring leaders Gilbert and Julie Curtsinger was in a Franklin County courtroom Friday morning.

It was an anonymous tipster that led to the discovery of the alleged stolen bourbon barrels and to what's referred to as 'Pappygate'. It was an exhaustive investigation that resulted in nine indicted and $100,000 worth of bourbon uncovered. Steroids were another facet.

Gilbert and Julie Curtsinger are believed to be the ring leaders.

Gilbert was a long time employee of Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Earlier this week Attorney Whitney Lawson filed two motions - one to suppress and another to obtain all Franklin Sheriff's documents regarding a separate investigation into a 2013 Buffalo Trace theft.

The State Journal reports the motion to suppress 'aims to suppress all evidence obtained through two search warrants that led sheriff detectives to five barrels of allegedly stolen Wild Turkey on the Curtsingers' property'. It goes on to say Lawson's motion argues there wasn't enough probable cause for the initial search warrant.

"I'm not going to go into specifics, but pretty much what we're saying is that we need to look into the search warrant and see that it passes the smell test quite frankly, so we're asking the judge to look at it based on various arguments which we'll address at the hearing," Whitney Lawson, attorney for the defense, said.

It's not clear when this case will be back in a courtroom. Attorneys are working on responding to motions filed.

The Curtsingers were not in court, but Lawson says they will be when it comes time for a hearing.