Prosecutor inclined to try former Sheriff on other counts

ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) -- The state prosecutor for Unicoi County says he is inclined to not seek a third trial of former Sheriff Kent Harris on a theft indictment.

On Friday, a second jury deadlocked and a second mistrial was declared on a charge of theft over $1,000.

District Attorney General Tony Clark told the Johnson City Press the state put on all the evidence it had and got hung juries both times. Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood gave Clark until Jan. 15 to decide if the state will try Harris again on the count.

The former sheriff still faces nine other felony counts, including official misconduct, evidence tampering and attempted aggravated assault. Clark said he feels the next trial of Harris will be on one of those charges, but did not exclude yet another trial on the theft count.


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