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.
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