Knox grand jury hands down indictments

Knox grand jury hands down indictments


KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- A Knox County grand jury handed down several indictments Wednesday, including charges against suspects in the shooting of a Knoxville police officer.

Cleven Johnson was indicted on a wide range of charges, including attempted first degree murder.

Many but not all of the charges against Johnson are related to the shooting of Knoxville police officer Norman Rickman in May. 

He is charged with aggravated burglary, possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, and aggravated sexual battery, possession with intent to sell cocaine, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, manufacture of cocaine, unlawful possession of a weapon, evading arrest, violation of driver's license law, and failure to provide proper evidence of financial responsibility, employing a firearm during a dangerous felony, unlawful possession of a weapon and simple possession of a controlled substance

Johnson is also under indictment along with James Murry and Tony R. Dixon for especially aggravated burglary.

Pharmacy robbery charge

In separate deliberations, the grand jury handed down indictments against Ryan Shannon Brock, who is accused of robbing a local pharmacy.

The grand jurors agreed there was enough evidence to send his case to trial on a charge of aggravated robbery.

Brock, 34, of Lily, Ky.,  is suspected of robbing the CVS Pharmacy at 417 E. Emory Road in March, and then leading police on a chase across several counties and into Kentucky.

Accused of murdering brother

Jeffrey Todd Digby was indicted on a charge of second degree murder. The Knoxville man is accused of killing his older brother last month.

Police say Digby, 44, stabbed his brother Michael more than once at a home on New York Avenue.

Charged with robbery and attempted murder

The grand jury also handed down several charges against Zachary Siler, 19, who is a suspect in a shooting and robbery attempt in April on Wilson Avenue.

Siler was indicted on charges of especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, attempted first degree murder, attempted especially aggravated robbery, attempted especially aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, and possession with intent to sell marijuana.


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