State dismisses stalking charges against Sells, Brandon

Friday, January 28, 2022

STATE GAZETTE

On January 25, 2022, the State of Tennessee dismissed the charge of stalking by electronic communications against Darrell Sells and Chasity Brandon. Both Sells and Brandon were initially indicted by the Dyer County Grand Jury with the charge on June 14, 2021.

Representing the State was Pro Tem District Attorney General Daniel Stephenson as 29th District Attorney General Danny Goodman recused himself and his office from the case. According to Goodman at the time of Sells’ and Brandon’s arraignment hearing on June 21, 2021, his office was in the process of defending Sells, who was named an alleged victim in a separate case his office was prosecuting.

Additionally, former Dyer County Circuit Court Judge Lee Moore recused himself from hearing the case noting he had previously represented Sells. The case was turned over to Dyer County Chancellor Tony Childress.

At the arraignment hearing, Sells and Brandon entered not-guilty pleas.

“Mr. Sells and Ms. Brandon are both happy to see the cases have been resolved favorably for them,” stated Lewis Jenkins and Dean Dedmon, attorneys for Sells and Brandon.

The notices (one each for Sells and Brandon) submitted to the court by Stephenson, read, “Comes now the State of Tennessee, by through Pro Tem District Attorney, Daniel Stephenson, and provides notice of the State’s intent to enter a Nolle Prosequi. The State Avers that this action is not contrary to manifest public interest and moves this Court to dismiss the indictment. It is the State’s opinion that the civil courtroom is the proper venue to weigh the alleged victim’s concerns of harassment against the Defendant’s right to speech under the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

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  • Sells runs this county. He should be our city and county mayor! Good news for both parties involved.

    -- Posted by Keepup76! on Fri, Jan 28, 2022, at 2:39 PM
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