The Rhea County Grand Jury reviewed 27 cases on Monday and handed up 24 indictments during its bimonthly session.
In addition to the 24 True Bills, the grand jury also issued three No Bills during its session. Six cases were presented for original indictments, meaning that those charged have not appeared in court or been arrested on the charges prior to the grand jury meeting or their cases are being represented to the grand jury.
District Attorney Mike Taylor presented the cases for the state.
While most of the cases involved misdemeanor charges like DUI and theft, there were other, more serious charges of domestic violence by assault, sexual battery and aggravated burglary.
The Grand Jury also issued an indictment against Larry Rothwell, 49, of Hiwassee Highway, Dayton, for first-degree murder. Rothwell is charged in connection with the Dec. 2 shotgun slaying of Joey Shirley, 44, of Dayton, at Rothwell's home.
True Bills indicate that the grand jury believed there was sufficient evidence to warrant a jury trial, No Bills indicate that the grand jury found there was not enough evidence to warrant a jury trial, and No Proofs indicate that no evidence was presented in the case.
True Bills, No Bills and No Proofs are not indications of guilt or innocence.
Circuit Court Judge J. Curtis Smith will read the names of those indicted in Rhea County Circuit Court on Friday.
The lists of True Bills, No Bills and No Proofs, not including those under original indictments who have not yet been arrested, will appear in the April 13 issue of The Herald-News.
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