JOHNSON CITY – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in a Johnson City man being charged with extortion and trying to influence a juror.
At the request of 1st District Attorney General Tony Clark, TBI Special Agents and deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Wayne Morris, Jr., on April 16th. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that on April 14th, a former juror on a 2014 Washington County murder trial received a cell phone call from a number later identified as belonging to Morris. The juror was threatened and told to change their vote on that case, which had resulted in a conviction.
Today, Wayne Morris, 28, was charged with one count of Retaliation for a Past Act, one count of Extortion, one count of Improper Influence of a Juror, and one count of Stalking. The Johnson City man was served with the warrants in the Washington County Jail, where he is being held on a $110,000 bond.