Knox County District Attorney General - Charme P. Allen

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Investigation Reveals Robert Bailey Died of Drug Overdose

Posted: 01/26/2022

District Attorney Charme Allen determined that no criminal charges will be filed regarding the death of Robert Bailey who died as the result of a drug overdose after swallowing two bags of controlled substances while in a police transportation wagon....more


Defendant Sentenced to Life Plus Thirty Years

Posted: 12/13/2021

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Major Crimes Unit obtained a sentence of life plus thirty years against a defendant who lured the victim to a drug deal in order to execute him. Phillip Jerome Locke, 32, was convicted of First Degree Murder, Especially Aggravated Robbery, Carjacking, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Judge Steve Sword sentenced Locke to serve life in prison on the First Degree Murder count and ordered another thirty years in prison consecutive to the life sentence for the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm count....more


Arsonist Pleads Guilty Mid-Trial

Posted: 12/07/2021

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allens Major Crimes Unit obtained a conviction against a defendant who set fire to a residence. Gregory Joseph Dies, 39, was convicted of Aggravated Arson. Judge Scott Green sentenced Dies to fifteen years in prison without the possibility of parole....more


Morningside Apartment Shooter Sentenced to Serve Thirty Years

Posted: 11/29/2021

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Career Gang Unit obtained a thirty-year sentence for a defendant who shot at two victims at Morningside Apartments. Shaquil Malik Talib Murphy, 28, was convicted of Attempted First Degree Murder, Attempted Second Degree Murder, two counts of Aggravated Assault, and two counts of Employing a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony. Judge Steve Sword sentenced Murphy to serve a total of thirty years in the Tennessee Department of Correction....more


Drug Dealer Convicted of Possessing Meth on School Grounds

Posted: 11/16/2021

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Career Gang Unit obtained convictions against a defendant who possessed twenty grams of methamphetamine in an elementary school parking lot. Michael Robert Quinn, 38, was convicted of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Methamphetamine in a Drug Free School Zone, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving on a Suspended License, and Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance. Judge Steve Sword revoked Quinn's bond and set the case for sentencing on January 20....more


Defendant Convicted of Abusing Child after Fleeing to Iran for Twenty-Two Years

Posted: 11/10/2021

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Child Abuse Unit obtained convictions against a defendant who sexually abused a child then fled the country for over two decades. Jahangir Shaffighi, 62, was convicted of Aggravated Rape and Aggravated Sexual Battery. Judge Scott Green ordered Shaffighi into custody and set the case for sentencing on December 16....more


Defendant Convicted of Abusing Eleven-Year-Old

Posted: 11/10/2021

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Child Abuse Unit obtained convictions against a defendant who sexually abused an eleven-year-old child. Joshua Steven Sullivan, 40, was convicted of two counts of Rape of a Child, one count of Attempted Rape of a Child, and one count of Aggravated Sexual Battery. Judge Steve Sword set the case for sentencing on January 14, 2022, where Sullivan faces at least twenty-five to forty years in prison without the possibility of parole....more


Defendant Convicted of Stalking Teacher

Posted: 11/10/2021

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Domestic Violence Unit obtained convictions against a defendant who stalked his child's teacher. Derrick Jerome Garland, 36, was convicted of two counts of Aggravated Stalking and Violation of a Protective Order. Judge Kyle Hixson revoked Garlands bond and set the case for sentencing on December 10....more


Defendant Sentenced to Seventy Years for Role in Double Homicide

Posted: 11/05/2021

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Major Crimes Unit obtained a seventy-year sentence against a third co-defendant for his involvement in a marijuana robbery that resulted in a double homicide. Kristopher Johnson, 25, was convicted of two counts of Facilitation of Felony Murder, two counts of Aggravated Robbery, Tampering with Evidence, Aggravated Burglary, and Aggravated Assault. Judge Steve Sword ordered the seventy-year sentence today. In a previous trial, co-defendant Rico Dion Cook, 19, was convicted of two counts of First Degree Murder and Attempted Second Degree Murder and sentenced to life in prison plus seventeen years. A third co-defendant, Deon Na'Quan Nolbert, 21, pled guilty to Facilitation of First Degree Murder and received a sentence of twenty years in prison....more


Child Rapist Sentenced to Seventy-Seven Years in Prison

Posted: 11/05/2021

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Child Abuse Unit obtained a seventy-seven-year sentence against a defendant who sexually abused a child for over a decade. Aaron Michael King, 40, was convicted of five counts of Rape of a Child, five counts of Rape, Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure, Incest, two counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery, Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation, Tampering with Evidence, Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, and Aggravated Kidnapping. Judge Scott Green handed down the sentence following a sentencing hearing today....more


Child Rapist Convicted of Abusing Ten-Year-Old

Posted: 11/04/2021

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen's Child Abuse Unit obtained convictions against a defendant who sexually abused a child and threatened her in order to keep her from disclosing the abuse. Roger Dean Guin, 55, was convicted of two counts of Rape of a Child, two counts of Rape, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure, Incest, and three counts of Assault. Judge Scott Green set the case for sentencing on December 17 where Guin faces a minimum of twenty-five years in prison without possibility of parole....more


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