District Attorney says there's no conflict of interest in his prosecution of Gatlinburg detective

Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston speaks to the press in this file photo.

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston refused to drop charges of aggravated perjury filed against Gatlinburg Police Department Detective Rodney Burns, and he said he received a warning.

"It's going to get ugly," Pinkston was told, according to a motion he filed Friday in Hamilton County Criminal Court.

Pinkston said Burns' defense counsel asked him on two separate occasions to drop the prosecution of the case, offering in return that a civil lawsuit filed against Pinkston would "cease to exist," the motion states.

photo Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 2/15/16. Detective Rodney Burns of the Gatlinburg Police Department is sworn in as a witness before Judge Robert Philyaw during a preliminary hearing for the Ooltewah High School basketball coaches and the school's athletic director in Hamilton County Juvenile Court on February 25, 2016.