Four Cases Bound Over To Grand Jury

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Four of the scores of cases on the docket in Cannon County General Sessions Court Tuesday, July 26, were bound over to the next meeting of the grand jury.

Two of the four cases were bound over following preliminary hearings.

Judge Susan Melton ruled that there was sufficient probable cause to bind Timothy D. Richards over on charges of reckless endangerment, evading arrest and evading arrest by a motor vehicle.

However, following testimony by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Bruce Pryor and Audrey Vanatta, whose vehicle Richards is alleged to have stolen, Judge Melton declined to bind over a charge of theft over $1,000.

The state still has the option of presenting the theft charge to the grand jury.

It is alleged that Richards stole Vanatta's vehicle from her home in Smithville. Trooper Pryor observed the stolen vehicle speeding on John Bragg Hwy. Following a pursuit, the vehicle was found wrecked. The driver, alleged to be Richards, had fled the scene.

Following the other preliminary hearing, Judge Melton found there was sufficient probable cause to bind over Mary Ellen Carmack on charges of burglary of a vehicle, theft under $500, vandalism under $500 and filing a false report.

The purported victims of the offenses, Nathan and Paula Davis, along with Woodbury Patrolman John Fesmire, who investigated the incident, testified during the hearing. Nathan Davis is Carmack's nephew.

It is alleged that Carmack vandalized and broke into the Davis' vehicle and stole personal property. The property was found approximately three hours later in the back of Carmack's car which was parked at her residence.

The other cases bound over Tuesday were:

• Barry Wayne Bynum, who is charged with domestic assault and resisting arrest. Two violation of probation, 1st offense, charges against Bynum were reset for Oct. 11.

• Dillian Anthony Collette, charged with simple possession of marijuana.

The Cannon County Grand Jury is scheduled to convene on Sept. 16.

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