James Campbell, Jr. Sentenced to 11 years. He has option to appeal decision. See story below for charges.
James E. Campbell, Jr., of Tracy City, faced Judge Graham in a Grundy County court on June 28, accused of forging the will of his late father, James E. Campbell, Sr. Campbell was charged with one count of forgery, one count of passing a forged instrument, possession of a forged writing, and criminal conspiracy to commit theft. In March of 2013, the TBI presented their case to the Grand Jury and an indictment on all charges was returned. Campbell was arrested at his residence in Tracy City. He has since been out of jail on a $25,000 bond.
In January of 2013, 12th Judicial District Attorney General Mike Taylor’s office reques
ted the TBI to investigate allegations that James Edward Campbell, Jr. forged the last will and testament of James E. Campbell, Sr., filed with the Grundy County Clerk and Master’s office in August of 2012.
The late Campbell’s significant other contested the will was not signed by him, but signed by his son, Campbell, Jr. The investigation revealed that two other individuals, Kelly Foutch and Labreeska Meeks, were witnesses to the signing in March 2012, according to TBI statements.
After three days of testimony, Assistant District Attorney Steve Strain said in closing arguments that this was a case of “greed and arrogance,” and an “effort to divert the wishes of his father.”
“It was just an attempt to steal,” said Strain.
The jury was dismissed to deliberate, and returned to say they could not come to a decision in the case. Judge Graham instructed them to return to the jury room to see if they could reach a decision.
On the evening of July 1, , the jury returned with their decision, finding Campbell not guilty of count one, but guilty on the lesser charges of the following attempts: passing a forged instrument over $250,000, possession of a forged instrument over $250,000, and conspiracy to commit theft over $250,000.
Sentencing in the case is set for August 12.
Co-defendants Foutch and Meeks will go before the court at a later date.