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Judge denies motion to dismiss misconduct charges against ex-Unicoi Co. sheriff Harris

June 20th, 2013 2:28 pm by Brad Hicks, NET News Service

Judge denies motion to dismiss misconduct charges against ex-Unicoi Co. sheriff Harris

Kent Harris in previous court appearance with his attorneys. (Press file photo)

ERWIN — The trial of former Unicoi County sheriff Kent Harris on multiple counts of official misconduct will begin on July 8 as planned, as the judge overseeing the case has denied a motion from the defense seeking dismissal of the charges.

According to an order from Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood filed Thursday morning in Unicoi County Criminal Court, a motion previously filed by Harris' defense attorney Jim Bowman has been denied.

"It appearing to the court that the Motion to Dismiss Counts 1-6 of the presentment are not well taken and should be denied; it is therefore ordered by the Court that the Motion to Dismiss Counts 1-6 is denied," Blackwood's order states. 

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