Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

August 2, 2013

Case fails when victim recants

Defendant pleads to reduced charge in domestic assault

By Michael R. Moser
Editor

CROSSVILLE — Prosecution of a rural Cumberland County man who was accused of strangling his wife and stabbing a pet dog during a domestic violence case fell apart when the victim recanted the statement she gave to investigators the night of the incident.

Bryan Benjamin Crabtree, 41, of Dogwood Rd., was indicted by the county grand jury in May on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (alternate count of aggravated assault by strangulation), unlawful possession of a weapon and cruelty to animals in connection with the May 31, 2012, incident.

Recently, his wife, Carol Crabtree, under oath, told Criminal Court judge that the things she had told investigators on the night that the sheriff’s department was called to their mobile home — including the stabbing of her dog during the attack — were not true and that she could not testify that they were.

The state  had no choice, without a key witness, but to enter into a sentencing agreement that allowed Crabtree to plead guilty to cruelty to animals and receive a one-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation. The aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for the purpose of going armed were dismissed.

In other cases on the docket, the following took place:

Set for trial

•Joshua Matthew Norton, attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault, motion hearing set for Sept. 27; set for trial Nov. 4.

Motions and hearings

•Debora Kay Poland, filing a false report, continued to Aug. 14.

•Jeffery Michael Roberts, manufacture, delivery of sale of a controlled substance, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear; ten days in jail and ordered held for bond hearing.

•Randy James Wheeler, rape, continued to Aug. 14.

•Walter Leo Norris, domestic assault, continued to Aug. 9.

•Bennie Dexter Ward, aggravated sexual battery, continued to Sept. 18.

•John W. Emery Jr., diversion termination hearing continued to Sept. 27.

•Josh Ray Stone, theft of less than $10,000 and filing a false report, diversion termination hearing continued to Aug. 9.

Deadline docket

•Jarette D. Boatwright, theft of less than $1,000, Public Defender’s Office appointed to represent the defendant; continued to Aug. 14.

•Thomas Lane Cobb, theft of less than $60,000, theft of less than $10,000, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of simple possession/casual exchange.

•Mark Allen Daniels, theft of less than $60,000, continued to Sept. 18.

•Warren James Holton, theft of less than $10,000, continued to Aug. 14.

•Robert Daniel Killeen, two counts of aggravated burglary, theft of less than $60,000 and theft of less than $1,000, continued to Aug. 14.

•Edna Faye Melton, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and assault, Public Defender’s Office allowed to withdraw from the case; Kevin Bryant appointed to represent Melton; continued to the Sept. 11 discussion docket and Sept. 18 deadline docket.

•Gary A. Miller, sexual exploitation of a minor — more than 100 images, continued to Aug. 9.

•Bharatbhai Khod Patel, attempted kidnapping, sexual battery and assault, continued to Sept. 18.

•Stephen Matthew Phillips, two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of vandalism and theft of less than $500, continued to Aug. 14.

•Russell Alan Ratliff, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance for resale, continued.

•Allen James Rogers, three counts of simple possession/casual exchange, driving under the influence, refusing an intoximeter test and two counts of drug paraphernalia, continued to Sept. 11 discussion docket and Sept. 18 deadline docket.

•Nathan Kenneth Sherrill, four counts of burglary, three counts of theft of less than $10,000, two counts of theft of less than $500, tampering with evidence, evading arrest and underage consumption, continued to Aug. 14.

•Stephen Robert Stults, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, theft of less than $10,000, theft of less than $500 and simple possess/casual exchange, continued to Aug. 9.

•Michael D. Willis, fourth offense driving under the influence, continued to Aug. 14.

•Nicole Ann Woody, filing a false report, continued to Aug. 14.

•James Byron Wright, violation of the habitual motor vehicle offender law, continued to the Sept. 11 discussion docket and Sept. 18 deadline docket.

•Jamie Pauline King, second offense driving under the influence and simple possession/casual exchange, continued to Sept. 11 discussion docket and Sept. 18 deadline docket.

Probation violation

•Danny H. Bilyeu, probation violation hearing continued to Sept. 20.

•Rickey Cornell Boles, Public Defender’s Office appointed to represent Boles; continued to Aug. 14.

•Terry Lee Cydrus, probation revoked to serve 60 days in jail on weekends and then transferred to house arrest under community corrections.

•Albert Keith Griffin, probation revocation hearing continued to Aug. 14.

•Lawrence Elwood Jordan, probation violation, had probation revoked because of violations and ordered to serve balance of a two-year sentence.

•Nicholas Jason Leach, probation revoked because of violations; ordered to serve 60 days in jail and then transfered to house arrest of community corrections.

•Alan Dwayne Light, probation revocation hearing continued to Dec. 9.

•Daniel Lee Matthews, probation revoked because of violations; ordered to serve 75 days in jail, undergo A&D assessment and transferred to house arrest of community corrections.

•Ronald Shelton, revocation hearing continued to Aug. 14.

•Steven Ray Sherrill, probation revoked because of violations; to serve 90 days in jail and then transferred to community corrections.

•Haley Anne Deaton, John Williams appointed to represent Deaton; continued to Sept. 18.

Community corrections

•Tavius Dewayne Barnes, probation revoked and ordered to serve balance of his sentence.

•Charles A. Green, probation revoked and ordered to serve balance of his sentence.

•Justin Robert Holman, revocation hearing continued to Aug. 14.

•Kenneth Leroy Langley, probation revoked and ordered to serve 60 days on weekends and then returned to community corrections with probation extended one year.

•Chase Brian Rogers, Public Defender’s Office appointed to represent Rogers; probation revocation hearing continued to Aug. 14.

•Charles D. Trisdale, probation revocation hearing continued to Aug. 14.

•Stevie Walker, probation revoked and ordered to serve balance of his sentence.

n Michael R. Moser may be reached at mmoser@crossville-chronicle.com.