Indicted Putnam Co. Commissioner Has Not Yet Hired An Attorney

A Putnam Co.  Commissioner who was indicted in December for 15 counts of theft and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon has not yet hired an attorney to represent him in the charges, according to an article by Lindsay McReynolds, in the March 24 edition of the Cookeville Herald-Citizen.

The article stateshe article, Scott Stevens, formerly of Fentress County,  who represents the 2nd District on the county commission, appeared in the courtroom of Criminal Court Judge Gary McKenzie on March 24 for a scheduled arraignment in the case.

The original arraignment had been scheduled for January 25 and then continued until today.

Now it appears that arraign-ment will not take place until July 14 in order to give Stevens time to hire an attorney.

The  article reported that the Herald-Citizen contacted two attorneys on Wednesday who had been reportedly considering representing Stevens, but both confirmed they were not.

The prosecutor in the case is 15th Judicial District Assistant DA Tom Swink, who was also present in court Thursday.

Stevens was indicted on December 7 by the Putnam County Grand Jury for 10 counts of theft over $1,000, three counts of theft under $500, one count each of theft over $500 and theft over $10,000.

The investigation began earlier last year as members of the Cookeville Police Department, assisted by the criminal investigation division of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, were investigating a series of utility trailer thefts.

Investigators said they found Stevens in possession of a quantity of stolen items, including a 2004 Dodge truck valued at more than $10,000 that was found to belong to a local insurance business.

Following the indictment, Stevens turned himself in to law enforcemtnt representatives and his bond was set at $20,000.

He has since posted bond and was released from jail.

Stevens was elected to represent the 2nd District of the Putnam County Commission in August 2014, replacing former Commissioner Bob Duncan, who did not seek re-election.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.