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Cost of former Unicoi County sheriff's trial released

By Emily Carrier, News Intern, ecarrier@wcyb.com
Lyndsey Price, lprice@wcyb.com
Published On: Jul 10 2013 04:59:40 PM CDT
Kent Harris Trial Cost
UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. -

A victory for former Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris ended in a financial loss for the county.

There were three trials: the first two ended in hung juries and the third was dismissed. Unicoi County was left with an estimated $28,000 bill for the trials.

Clerk Darren Shelton says the first two trials cost about $10,000 each with jurors paid $11 a day for three days. The third trial was only two days and cost Unicoi County about $8,000.

Shelton told us that trial costs also include lunch for all jurors and postage for jury summons.