Hawkins Co. kidnapping suspect's case bound over to grand jury

Oct. 19, 2016: A grand jury will hear the case against a Hawkins County man accused of kidnapping his niece. The case sparked an Amber Alert across Tennessee.

HAWKINS COUNTY, TENN. - The case against a Hawkins County man accused of kidnapping has been bound over to a grand jury. 

Gary Simpson appeared in court Wednesday and denied a reduction in his bond. The judge gave him the option to get an ankle bracelet, which would run close to $400 a month, which Simpson said he could not afford.

Simpson is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping after police say he checked his niece, Carlie Trent, out of her Rogersville school back in May.

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That incident prompted an Amber Alert and intensive search. 

Authorities arrested Simpson nine days later on private property in Clinch Mountain. Carlie was found safe. 

During Wednesday's court appearance a TBI agent testified that Simpson had thought days in advance about taking Carlie to Knoxville because he was tired of doing work for her father and family.

The agent added that Simpson said in his initial statement that he wanted to home school Carlie and take her out of a bad situation. 


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