Charges dropped against former Unicoi sheriff

ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge has dropped six official misconduct charges against former Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris.

The Johnson City Press reports that Judge John Kerry Blackwood ruled there was insufficient evidence to proceed with Harris' trial, which started Monday.

It would have been Harris' third trial. Two previous trials ended in hung juries.

During opening statements Monday, District Attorney General Tony Clark told jurors that county inmates were taken to property owned by Harris to bush hog it, mow it, cut wood and raze structures there.

Harris' attorney said in court that Harris did not know the inmates were working on the property.

A grand jury in October 2011 indicted Harris on felony charges, including official misconduct, theft, criminal simulation, attempted aggravated assault and tampering with evidence.


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