SEVIERVILLE —The Sevier County grand jury met recently to review allegations in dozens of different charges.
A grand jury is a panel of randomly selected county residents who meet in private to review criminal allegations to determine whether there is enough evidence to justify proceeding with a trial. It does not determine guilt or innocence.
A federal judge has once again rescheduled the sentencing hearing for a local attorney and developer who were convicted earlier this year on federal fraud charges.
Attorney Jerry Kerley and developer Jeffrey Whaley were convicted in May on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution, wire fraud affecting a financial institution relating to the purchase of real property, bank fraud in submitting a false HUD-1 statement relating to the purchase of real property, false statements to a bank relating to the purchase of real property and money laundering relating to the purchase of real property.