McNairy County, Tenn., prosecutor arrested on drug, theft, misconduct charges

McNairy County, Tenn., prosecutor arrested on drug, theft, misconduct charges

October 12th, 2017 by Ben Benton in Breaking News

Bobby Gene Gray

Bobby Gene Gray

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

An assistant district attorney in McNairy County, Tenn., was arrested on drug and misconduct charges on Monday, according to a statement issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Then-25th District Attorney General Michael Dunavant asked for the state agency to investigate after 57-year-old assistant district attorney Bobby Gene Gray was charged on a grand jury indictment with two counts of official misconduct, theft under $1,000, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, according to a statement issued by the TBI Thursday morning.

Gray turned himself in at the McNairy County Correctional Center on Wednesday, officials said.

In July, The Jackson Sun in Jackson, Tenn., reported on Gray's suspension and the impact it had on cases he was involved in prosecuting.

Gray was required to notify all clients and other attorneys on his pending cases that his license has been suspended and to return all papers and property to his clients, the paper reported.

Dunavant, Gray's former boss, recused himself from the case and asked the Tennessee District Attorney's Conference in Nashville to appoint a pro tem special prosecutor, TBI spokesman Josh DeVine told The Jackson Sun in July.

Gray is no longer employed by the 25th Judicial District Attorney's Office. The office prosecutes cases in Fayette, Hardeman, Lauderdale, McNairy and Tipton counties. The office in McNairy County is in Selmer, about 40 miles south of Jackson, Tenn.


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