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.