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Competency at issue for former U.S. Senate candidate accused in murder-for-hire, child sex solicitation cases

November 12th, 2013 3:06 pm by Becky Campbell, NET News Service

Competency at issue for former U.S. Senate candidate accused in murder-for-hire, child sex solicitation cases

Thomas Kent “T.K.” Owens (file photo/TBI)

ELIZABETHTON — A Jonesborough man accused in a solicitation of a minor case and a murder-for-hire plot has a mental disease, and his competency to stand trial is in question, according to a state prosecutor’s comments to a judge Tuesday.

Thomas Kent “T.K.” Owens, 38, 128 Leach St., Jonesborough, is charged in Carter County with solicitation of a minor and in Washington County with solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

Owens is in custody at the Washington County Detention Center and was not transported to attend a hearing before Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood in a Carter County courtroom Tuesday. In his absence, attorneys set a competency hearing and two trial dates in the cases. 

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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