Second Hung Jury ~ No Justice in Erwin

Erwin – Former Unicoi County sheriff Kent Harris’ retrial on a theft-related charge ended in the same result as the first trial.

A jury once again failed to reach a verdict in Harris’ trial on the charge of theft over $1,000. The jury deliberated for approximately four hours Friday before returning to the courtroom to announce it had deadlocked on a verdict. The jury’s foreman told the Judge that the split in the vote could not be resolved with further deliberation.

After court recessed following the announcement of the result, Harris stood up from the defense table and expressed his appreciation for the family members and supporters who had attended the trial.

This is the second trail that a jury, in the face of a mountain of evidence, failed to agree on a verdict. Can an honest jury be seated in Erwin?

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