JACKSON – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment for a former Chester County jailer accused of filing a false report.
At the request of 26th District Attorney General Jerry Woodall, TBI Special Agents began investigating Tommy Joe Austin on January 14th. On January 11th, Austin, a former jailer in Chester County, filed a report with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, stating he received a phone call threatening violence against him and his son for not “taking care” of Zach Adams, an indicted defendant in the Holly Bobo case who was previously in custody in Chester County. During the course of the investigation, however, Agents developed information Austin was not truthful about the reported threat.
On February 2nd, the Madison County Grand Jury returned an indictment for Austin, charging the 47-year-old Reagan man with one count of Filing a False Report. This morning, Austin surrendered to a TBI Agent at the Madison County Jail, after which he was subsequently booked into custody. At the time of this release, Austin’s bond amount was not available.