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Security work claim brings aggravated perjury charge

September 10th, 2011 8:32 am by Staff Report

ELIZABETHTON — A Carter County grand jury has indicted Lisa Grindstaff, 31, 653 Highway 91, with aggravated perjury. The charge stems from Grindstaff’s appearance as a witness at a Criminal Court bench trial in August.

“She came to court dressed in a dark-colored uniform,” Assistant District Attorney Ken Baldwin said. During the trial, Baldwin said Judge Lynn Brown interrupted to ask Grindstaff why she had come to court in a uniform.

“She told the judge she worked for a security company and she was on call that day and expected she would have to go in to work that afternoon,” Baldwin said.

During a break in the trial, the owner of the security company was called and Baldwin said it was learned the owner had not seen Grindstaff in several months and she was not on call during the trial.

Baldwin said the security owner came to court and testified on Grindstaff’s employment status.

“For the charge to be aggravated perjury means that it must be material to some issue,” Baldwin said. He thought the intent of wearing the uniform was an effort to improve her credibility as a witness.

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