Commissioner facing second charge in assault case

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

TBI News Release

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained an additional indictment for a Marshall County man accused of trying to coerce the victim in the crime for which he already faces a criminal charge.

At the request of 17th Judicial District Attorney General Robert Carter, TBI agents began investigating Kevin Dee Vanhooser on Jan. 2. During the investigation, agents developed information that Vanhooser, a Marshall County Commissioner, shot Jesus Montes Tellez, an employee of Vanhooser's dairy farm, during a heated argument on Jan. 1.

On Feb. 19, the Marshall County grand jury returned an indictment for Vanhooser, charging him with one count of aggravated assault. He was arrested and released from Marshall County Jail after posting a $7,500 bond.

In mid-April, agents developed information that Vanhooser, while out on bond, threated Tellez by telling him, through an interpreter, that if he testified in court, Vanhooser would have him deported.

Last week, the Marshall County grand jury returned an additional indictment for the 49-year-old Cornersville man, charging him with one count of coercion of a witness. He was arrested without incident, booked into the Marshall County Jail, and later released on a $10,000 bond.