Meigs County officer's 'hit man' case goes to grand jury

Meigs County officer's 'hit man' case goes to grand jury

November 15th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Jack Scroggins, 52, of Georgetown, Tenn. was charged with solicitation to commit first degree murder and booked into the Meigs County Jail without bond. (TBI)

Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Times Free Press.

The Meigs County Sheriff's Office employee accused of trying to hire a "hit man" to kill his girlfriend's ex-husband was bound over to the grand jury today.

A charge of solicitation to commit first-degree murder against 52-year-old Jack L. "Jackie" Scroggins was heard by General Sessions Judge Jeffery Wicks on Monday, District Attorney General Russell Johnson said in a news release.

Wicks bound the case over to the Meigs County grand jury which also could hear evidence against Scroggins' girlfriend, Lisa Cleary, the release said.

TBI Special Agent Jason Legg testified Monday that word of Scroggins' search for a hit man reached authorities in October. Johnson called for a TBI investigation that led to an undercover operation in a meeting at Scroggins' home on Oct. 19, where arrangements were made to kill Cleary's ex-husband for $15,000, the release states.

The Meigs County grand jury meets Nov. 28.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.