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Misconduct charges against former sheriff dismissed

Published On: Jul 09 2013 03:27:35 PM CDT
Kent Harris on stand
UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. -

The Unicoi County Clerk confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Judge John Kerry Blackwood dismissed all six counts of official misconduct against former Sheriff Kent Harris due to a lack of evidence.

Prosecutors presented their case in day two of the trial of former Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris. He was charged with six counts of official misconduct.

Harris was accused of using inmates to clean up property that the District Attorney said was owned by the former sheriff on Mohawk Drive in Erwin, Tennessee three years ago.

The jury heard testimony and saw several pictures taken by Debbie Morrow who lives across from the property.

The investigation started after she contacted the TBI and began documenting all of the work going on Harris's property by the sheriff's department.