With Jarrod Fletcher, Thornsbury's business partner, in charge of the Mingo County grand jury, Thornsbury was allegedly able to sway the jury's authority and use it to victimize Robert Woodruff.
Fletcher also was Mingo County's director of homeland security. On Wednesday, Mingo County Commissioners John Mark Hubbard and Greg "Hootie" Smith suspended Fletcher from that job without pay.
The third county commissioner, Baisden, is charged with attempted extortion. He appeared with his attorney, Jim Cagle.
Tinsley scheduled a pretrial hearing in Baisden's case for 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 30. A list of witnesses is due by Oct. 18.
Baisden, 66, allegedly demanded that Appalachian Tire sell him tires for his personal vehicle in 2009 at a discounted price only available for government vehicles. When the company refused, Baisden allegedly revoked the county's contract with the tire store -- costing the company thousands of dollars.
At the time, Baisden was the purchasing agent for the County Commission, which gave him authority to choose where the county purchased tires, the indictment states.
A woman at the County Commission's office in Williamson said Wednesday that Baisden had resigned as the purchasing agent after he was charged last week.
Commissioners appointed Tina Abbott, the county's administrative assistant, to handle purchasing, but said a commissioner must approve any expenditure that exceeds $500.
Thornsbury and Baisden remain free on $10,000 bail each.
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