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Judges recuse selves from Kingsport alderman DUI case

Nick Shepherd • Aug 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Two judges assigned to the case of a Kingsport alderman arrested for driving under the influence in June have recused themselves from hearing the case.

Judge Ray Conkin and Judge Mark Toohey were assigned to oversee the case of Jantry Shupe, 38. During roll call on Aug. 15, Conkin said he and Judge Toohey would recuse themselves from the case.

Shupe’s trial has been moved to Oct. 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. Judge Klyne Lauderback has agreed to oversee the case. It will take place in the Kingsport Justice Center.

According to a police report, in the early morning hours of June 2, Kingsport police officers were attempting to respond to a shooting at the Model City Motel. On Stone Drive, officers came across a black Cadillac, driven by Shupe, that would not move over for the vehicle’s flashing lights and sirens.

After following the vehicle for a while, officers determined the driver was a danger to society and abandoned the gun call and attempted to pull the Cadillac over.

Officers followed the car until it came to a stop at some apartments and ordered Shupe out of the car.

Shupe did not comply with these orders and after several attempts, officers pulled him from the car without incident, the report stated.

While questioning Shupe — who reportedly asked officers, “Don’t you know who I am?” when asked about his name — officers detected a strong odor of alcohol and determined Shupe was under the influence.

He was arrested and transported to the city jail.

When Shupe appeared at the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting on June 4, two days after his arrest, he told the board he would not “address his situation.”

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