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Meigs murder-for-hire plot goes to Grand Jury

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New details are beginning to emerge in the case of a former Meigs County Sheriff's Office employee accused of a murder-for-hire plot.

Jack L. Scroggins is accused of hiring a hitman to kill his girlfriend's ex-husband. That gunman turned out to be an undercover TBI agent.

According to the 9th District Attorney General's Office, Scroggins' preliminary hearing was before a special judge in Kingston, Tennessee, after the Meigs County Judge recused herself because Scroggins often transported prisoners from her courtroom.

TBI Special Agent Jason Legg testified at the October hearing that when word reached local law enforcement that Scroggins was trying to find someone to kill the ex-husband of his girlfriend, Lisa Cleary, an undercover operation was put together.

In the operation, a TBI agent posing as contract killer met with Scroggins at his home on October 19th. According Special Agent Legg, Scroggins agreed to pay the agent $15,000 and provide a gun to be used in the murder.

In a second meeting on October 26 in a Dollar General parking lot, the agents say Scroggins provided the "hitman" with a $1,000 down-payment and an additional $100 to purchase a stolen gun.

Scroggins was arrested later that evening.

Agents say the next day Scroggins confessed to making repeated attempts to get someone to kill the ex-husband at Cleary's request.

The case will now go before a Grand Jury to determine if Scroggins will be indicted on the charges. The Grand Jury can also consider indicting Lisa Cleary for her role in the plot.

The Meigs County Grand Jury will meet on November 28 to consider the charges.


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