Tazewell man indicted


By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



A Tennessee man has been indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury.

According to earlier reports, Coy Shaw Smith, 37, of Tazewell, was arrested on May 12 after being accused of leading police on a high-speed pursuit. He was charged with two counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment and reckless driving.

According to the arrest citation, Middlesboro Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop at Kentucky Fried Chicken on Smith. Instead of pulling over, he accelerated at a high rate of speed through the tunnel. He had a 3-year-old girl in the back seat during the chase.

Police captured Smith in Tennessee. He was also charged with two counts of disregarding a traffic control device, second-degree fleeing or evading police, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, no operator’s/moped license and two counts of failure to wear a seat belt.

Other indicted include:

*Benjermen Jerome Hoskins, 25, of Arjay, was indicted for second-degree burglary and four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card within a six month period. According to the true bill, Hoskins entered the dwelling of another, with intent to commit a crime and then made purchases as Walmart and Lee’s Food Mart with the debit card belonging to the owner of the dwelling. The debit card purchases were for $1.78, $4.24, $30.64 and $8.25.

*Dustin Lee Redmond, 32, of Pineville, was indicted for second-degree assault and second-degree persistent felony offender. According to the true bill, Redmond intentionally caused serious physical injury to another by repeatedly hitting him in the face with his fist and feet, causing serious injuries to his eyes and that at the same time and place Redmond committed the offense of second-degree persistent felony offender by being more that 21 years of age and having been convicted of one prior felony.

*Jerry W. Slusher, 65, of Middlesboro, was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender. According to the true bill, Slusher knowingly and unlawfully trafficked in more than 10 dosage units of hydrocodone, a schedule III narcotic, as a first offense, that on or about the same time, knowingly and unlawfully trafficked in less than 10 dosage units of hydrocodone, a schedule III narcotic, as a first offense, and that at the same time and place Slusher committed the offense of second-degree persistent felony offender by being more that 21 years of age and having been convicted of one prior felony.

All of the indictments are set for Aug. 21.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews.

By Reina P. Cunningham

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