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Kingsport man acquitted of theft in alleged inheritance scheme

June 3rd, 2014 8:29 am by Becky Campbell, NET News Service

Kingsport man acquitted of theft in alleged inheritance scheme

Roscoe Phillips

A Kingsport man accused of being part of a scheme to steal a woman's $500,000 inheritance was acquitted of his charge Monday after a judge ruled there was not sufficient evidence for a jury to deliberate on the case.

Roscoe Phillips, 25, went to trial Monday on a charge of theft over $60,000, but because the state had little more than two accomplices' testimony, Criminal Court Judge Stacy Street granted a motion for acquittal.

Defense attorney Matt King made that motion after the state rested its case. King argued that the women, Pamela Perkey and Wendi Buckingham, were accomplices in the theft. According to the rules of evidence, testimony from an accomplice cannot be the basis for a conviction.

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