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Snowy grand jury session hears 172 cases

Published: 9:01 PM, 01/10/2014 Last updated: 9:02 PM, 01/10/2014

Author: Gilbert Soesbee
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—One suspect who is accused in connection with the robberies of employees of two local pizza businesses was indicted this week by the Cocke County Grand Jury.Steven McKinney of Morristown is charged in the robbery of Christopher Leffew, a delivery person with Papa John’s Pizza, and of two employees at Little Carsar’s Pizza in the Five Rivers Plaza on December 27, 2012.Despite the sub-zero cold, ice, and snow, the grand jury met this week on Tuesday and Thursday before reporting to Circuit Judge Ben W. Hooper II on Thursday. During its session, grand jurors heard 172 criminal cases. The panel returned 95 true bills of indictment, 57 sealed presentments, 16 presentments which were unsealed by the court, and four no true bills, signaling that the grand jury found insufficient evidence, insufficient probable cause, or another legal reason not to continue the prosecution of the case.For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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