By Michael R. Moser
The jury was ready. State prosecutors were ready. Even the defense attorney was ready. Apparently the defendant was not.
For the second time, defendant Jimmy Franklin Brown Jr. avoided his day in court to answer to aggravated burglary and theft of more than $10,000 by simply not showing up. The first time, he told a Criminal Court judge it was because of a death in the family.
On Oct. 31, he simply was no where to be found.
After his attorney, Robert Zecher of Crossville, appeared before the judge and shrugged when asked where his client was, a jury panel set to hear the case was dismissed and sent home. Zecher, who went to Brown's home to fetch his client, returned empty handed.
Thursday night around 8 p.m., Brown, 45, 33 Deck Rd., showed up at the Justice Center in the company of bonding agents for Tennessee Bonding and was surrendered to authorities.
Brown was ordered held without bond pending an appearance this week in Criminal Court. In addition to his trial, Brown was also wanted for failing to meet terms of the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP), resulting in an attachment from General Sessions Court being issued.
Brown was arrested in July 2012 for the July 2011 theft of an antique piano plate, shelving, tiller and water pump, all the property of Eliot C. Roberts. The items were in a workshop on Hwy. 70 W, west of Pleasant Hill.
The piano plate was valued at more than $10,000 and the theft of that item destroyed the antique piano being restored, according to an incident report filed at the time.
Brown was indicted on the theft charge and on a charge of the burglary of the Stanley Brown residence in August 2012. Both indictments were handed down in January of this year.