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Gary Simpson In Court For Preliminary Hearing

Posted at 10:21 PM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 23:31:56-04

Gary Simpson, the man accused of kidnapping Carlie Trent in May, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing.

The hearing was held in East Tennessee Wednesday.

A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent took the stand and read back a statement Simpson gave after his arrest.

"I had decided about three or four days before I took Carlie that I was going to do it. My plan was to take her to a friend of mine's house next to Roanoke, Virginia. I met him in the Marine Corps a long time ago. I was going to ask his wife to home school Carlie and I was going to find a job."

Simpson is 9-year-old Carlie's uncle by marriage.  He claims the little girl was being treated unfairly by her father.