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Attorney: Felony Charges Against Sheriff Are Absurd

Sheriff Ricky Headley Sheriff Ricky Headley
David Raybin David Raybin

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - A day after Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Williamson County Ricky Headley, his attorney said the charges are bogus.

A Williamson County Grand Jury indicted Headley on four counts of official misconduct.

TBI agents and Metro police were investigating Brooks Pharmacy, where several individuals including Headley allegedly received drugs without prescriptions.

Headley's attorney David Raybin said the arrest Monday is a political stunt and something he and his client will fight in court.

"It's double jeopardy. You can't charge someone twice for the same event," Raybin said.

"This is nuts. All this stuff happened in Davidson County. Williamson County has no jurisdiction over this," Raybin said.

The TBI and district attorney feel differently.

Investigators said Headley wore his sheriff's uniform and drove a county vehicle to pick up the drugs.

"It's basically acting in the capacity of a public servant," said Kristin Helm, a TBI spokeswoman. "You are expected to do certain things and to not to act inappropriately and not break the law."

Headley declined interview requests, but his attorney is outraged over the treatment of his client.

"This is war," Raybin said. "They've declared war on him. You don't do something like this and hold him for two hours and summon the media.  Have a big parade and take the sheriff to his own jail."

Headley has admitted to a past addiction to pills and sought drug treatment.

But, Raybin said, his client never used his status as sheriff to his own benefit so there is no official misconduct.

"This is not a criminal offense," Raybin said. "It's a political ploy for Williamson County to take control of the case so that they can try to boot him out of office and have one of the other law enforcement people in Williamson County run for sheriff."

Raybin said they'll fight the charges and win in court.

He said Headley will not resign. His current term expires in 2010.

Headley was released Monday night from the Williamson County Jail on $5,000 bond. He remains on the job.

The cases against him in Davidson and Williamson counties are still pending.

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