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Hawkins man indicted in brother-in-law's death

Jeff Bobo • Dec 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Blountville man accused of shooting his brother-in-law over a potential civil lawsuit was indicted Monday on one count of first-degree murder by a Hawkins County grand jury.

Bryant Jackson Harris, 61, 458 J.H. Fauver Road, Blountville, was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the July 21, 2011, shooting of his brother-in-law, Jeffery O. Smith, 38, at Smith’s residence in the Hawkins County section of Kingsport.

Smith died in January, and prosecutors said Smith’s autopsy revealed that he died from injuries that resulted from being shot by Harris the previous July.