Retrial of former sheriff ends with hung jury

Retrial of former sheriff ends with hung jury


ERWIN (AP) - The retrial of former Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris has ended with a hung jury - again.

The Johnson City Press reported that jurors deliberated for about four hours on Friday before telling the judge they had deadlocked in the case. The trial began Monday in Unicoi County Criminal Court in Erwin.

Harris is being retried on a charge of theft over $1,000 after the jury at his initial trial failed to reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared in August.

Prosecutors claim Harris took $4,500 in county funds for vehicles that were donated to the county. Harris, who resigned as sheriff in March, has maintained his innocence.

Prosecutors weren't sure whether they would try the case again. They have until Jan. 15 to decide.

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