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Court report: Zachary Damien Key bound over to Grand Jury
Karen House
May 23, 2018, 1:04 p.m.

May 23, 2018 – Judge L. Thomas Austin bound over eight cases in General Sessions Court last week, including two charges against Zachary D.Key, for false reports and statutory rape.

The entire Sequatchie County School System went on hard lockdown March 9 after police received a tip that Key, 19, of Dunlap, was threatening on social media to “shoot up the school.” Police found the former Sequatchie County High School student at a local business later that afternoon and placed him under arrest. They were later informed that he may be guilty of statutory rape, as well.

Judge Austin heard cases two days last week, on Monday, May 14, and Friday, May 18.

Other cases bound over to the Grand Jury were:

  • Roger Lee Lockhart, charged with domestic assault and criminal attempt to commit aggravated burglary.
  • Brandon Scott Turner, charged with DUI and other traffic violations.
  • Kyle William Dodson, charged with introducing contraband into penal facility.
  • Keith Edward Johnson, charged with simple assault.
  • Carrie Jean Patterson, charged with destruction or tampering with evidence.
  • Christopher D. Thacker, charged with reckless endangerment, failure to stop, felony evading arrest, and various traffic violations.

Judge Austin accepted guilty pleas in the following cases:

  • Jamsey Brooke Cranfill, DUI.
  • Heath Blake Johnson, possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Donald A. Raines, evading arrest and attempted burglary of an auto.
  • Jacob Aaron Parsons, misdemeanor possession of Schedule II drugs.
  • Thomas Jason Vandergriff, violation of order granting bail.
  • John Michael Cordell, Jr., possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Matthew Harriger, possession of drug paraphernalia.

The following cases were dismissed:

  • Jessie McCarver, aggravated littering – “Deft shall clean up trash on property. Deft may supervise an inmate and help him load the heavy stuff.”
  • Candace Langford, assault and vandalism under $500 – Pay $120 restitution.
  • Nicholas William Bryant and Vestel Roland Sims, charged with assault, must have no further contact or violence toward each other.
  • Thomas Jason Vandergriff, domestic assault.
  • Stacy Griffith, domestic assault.
  • Michael Christopher Johnson, possession of Sched. II (meth) and traffic violations.
  • John Solomon Smith, DUI and several traffic violations.

Zachary Damian Key (left) and Donald A. Raines