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Grand jury indicts Cosby man for vehicular homicide

Published: 11:50 AM, 07/03/2013

Author: Gilbert Soesbee
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—A vehicular homicide charge against a Cosby man is among 115 indictments returned by the Cocke County Grand Jury on Tuesday.

When the grand jury reported to Circuit Judge Ben W. Hooper II on Tuesday afternoon, they had considered criminal charges in 202 cases. There were 115 true bills of indictment, 53 sealed presentments, 21 unsealed presentments, and 13 no true bills clearing defendants of charges against them.

Grand jurors worked until about 6:30 p.m. on Monday and until about 3 p.m. on Tuesday. They reported their findings during the total two-day session on Tuesday afternoon.

Presentments differ from indictments in that the charges originated with the grand jury rather than with warrants and hearings in general sessions court. Presentments are routinely sealed by the court unless the defendants are aware of the pending charges. The sealed presentments remain sealed until the arrest of the accused defendants.

By returning a no true bill, the grand jury found insufficient evidence or other legal reasons not to continue the prosecution of the cases.

Chaz R. Evans, 21, of Cosby, is charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, driving under the influence of an intoxicant (DUI), and failure to exercise due care.

The charges stem from the death of Mickey D. McCarter, 23, also of Cosby, in a February automobile accident. The indictment alleges that the death occurred as a result of the defendant’s intoxication last February 12.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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