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Ovey-Wiggins recognized for work as prosecutor

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - Updated: 8:38 AM
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Commonwealth Attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins has been recognized for her work on behalf of the victimized and voiceless in the 56th Judicial Circuit.

Ovey-Wiggins was presented with the Sword of Justice Award last week during the annual winter conference of Commonwealth Attorneys.

The Sword of Justice Award recognizes prosecutors for their individual actions or achievements in the pursuit of justice.

"I was very honored to receive the award," Ovey-Wiggins said. "I look at it as an award for helping the families of the victims.... It's for the dedication to the pursuit of justice."

Ovey-Wiggins took up one of the highest state positions in the fight for justice just over two years ago when she was appointed to fill the term remaining after her father G.L. Ovey -- a 2012 recipient of the Sword of Justice Award -- retired. Ovey-Wiggins had worked in the Commonwealth Attorney's office for several years prior to assuming the mantle.

Since then, she has taken the lead on prosecuting several high profile cases in Lyon and Trigg counties, including the recent conviction for the 2014 murders of Lindsey Champion, Joy Champion and Emily Champion.

She is currently overseeing extradition of Arthur Long, who was indicted earlier this month for the murder of his sister, Nancy Minor. Long, 66, was arrested Dec. 5 in Cookeville, Tenn., by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Ovey-Wiggins is attempting to secure a Governor's Warrant to have him brought back to Kentucky for trial.

Ovey-Wiggins said as unexpected as it was to receive the award, she was surprised to see her husband Michael and two sons, who drove up with their grandmother. Her family came separately to surprise her during the acceptance. She was also joined by her father.

"My family and staff were able to keep it a secret," Ovey-Wiggins said. "I didn't know they were there until I got on stage and saw them in the back of the room."

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