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Two Sullivan constables arraigned on assault, misconduct charges

J. H. Osborne • Feb 13, 2020 at 4:55 PM

SULLIVAN COUNTY — An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in charges against two Sullivan County constables, according to a TBI press release issued Thursday afternoon. That release included the following details:

• In February 2019, at the request of 2nd District Attorney General Barry Staubus, TBI Special Agents began investigating allegations of assault involving Ralph T. King, 83, and Marshall Harrison Buckner, 62, both of whom are constables in Sullivan County’s 11th district.

• Buckner and King are each seeking reelection to that three-constable district. Two other candidates are seeking election to one of the three slots: James O. Hagy; and Lance Sawyer.

• During the course of the investigation, agents determined that on Feb. 1, 2019, King and Buckner assaulted an employee at a Kingsport business in the process of executing a Writ of Possession.

• Last month, the Sullivan County Grand Jury returned indictments charging both King and Buckner with one count of assault and two counts of official misconduct. Today, both men were arraigned on those charges in criminal court.