Mayor Charged

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The Gila County Attorney's Office has charged Mayor Ken Murphy with disorderly conduct for an incident during Rodeo weekend 2002.

The charge is a class 1 misdemeanor. The maximum penalty it can carry is six months in jail or a fine of up to $2,500 plus surcharges, according to Deputy County Attorney Bryan Chambers.

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Ken Murphy

Chambers said the charge was filed in Payson and his office is awaiting a court date on the matter.

The charge arose from an incident in which Murphy allegedly confronted Payson Fire Marshal Jack Babb about enforcement of the occupancy limitations at the Ox Bow Saloon one evening during Rodeo weekend.

"There is every possibility this will be resolved by a plea agreement. About 99 percent of all cases end with a plea agreement," Chambers said.

He said the domestic violence case involving Murphy and his fiancé, Julie Barcom, also is awaiting trial. Chambers said this case also could be resolved with a plea agreement.

The incident with Barcom occurred in November and almost immediately afterward, Barcom said it was a mistake. It was just a disagreement, a private matter, they were shouting at each other, but there was no physical violence, she said.

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