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Drug trial was ‘snake-bit from the beginning,’ prosecutor says

Posted Dec 19, 2013 11:31 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Tennessee judge declared a mistrial in a drug case on Wednesday after a holdout juror came down with a migraine and the court reporter fell on the stairs, injuring her shoulder.

Jurors could be heard shouting at each other before the holdout went home with a migraine, the Columbia Daily Herald reports. The trial “was snake-bit from the beginning,” according to the prosecutor, Brent Cooper of Maury County.

The defendant, 46-year-old Tammy Tuttle of Culleoka, was accused of possession of marijuana and cocaine for resale after police raided the trailer where she lived with her husband, Jerry Tuttle, turning up drugs and $1.1 million in cash, according to testimony in Jerry Tuttle’s trial. Jerry Tuttle had claimed during the raid that everything found in the raid was his, Cooper told the Columbia Daily Herald.

Jerry Tuttle was convicted of drug, weapons and money laundering charges in October, including conspiracy to possess with intent to sell or deliver 300 pounds of marijuana, the story says.


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