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