A former deputy has been hit with an unusual charge claiming he sold illegal jerky to an undercover officer.
The defendant, Josh C. King, 31, waived his right to preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on the charge of illegal sale of wildlife and had it bound to the grand jury.
In a citation issued by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), it is claimed King sold deer jerky to an undercover TWRA agent.
“An undercover TWRA officer met with Josh King and purchased what Mr. King said was beef jerky,” the citation reads.
After buying the jerky, the sample was sent for examination.
“The samples of jerky were sent to the TWRA forensic laboratory at the University of Tennessee at Martin,” the citation explained. “TWRA forensic scientist tested the jerky samples and found they were white tail deer instead of beef.”
The charges come due to a state law which makes it illegal to sell the meat of wild animals for profit.
King resigned his post from the sheriff’s department last summer after he became the point of a TBI probe into allegations made by a female inmate he was transporting for mental evaluation. He resigned after being confronted about breaking regulations by letting the female ride up front in the patrol car. Nothing ever came of the TBI investigation.