The same court dates have been set in four high-profile Franklin County Circuit Court cases involving a former Decherd mayor charged with theft, two unrelated murder cases and an unrelated homicide case, according to court records.
Nov. 6 has been set for discussion in all the cases and Nov. 20 has been set as a plea date.
Former Decherd Mayor Robin Smith was arrested on the afternoon of Sept. 4 on charges stemming from a probe by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in connection with a position he had held as a probation officer.
TBI special agents obtained indictments for Smith, who is a former misdemeanor probation officer, and he stands accused of mishandling funds in his control.
Smith was charged with one count of official misconduct and one count of theft of property between $1,000 and $2,500, according to Franklin County Jail records.
Smith was booked into the Franklin County Jail and was released on $10,000 bond.
In another case, parents from Franklin County were indicted on Sept. 5 for second-degree murder charges in connection with their child dying from drugs in 2018.
Allison Hall and Aaron McCutcheon were indicted on eight counts with charges including second-degree murder, drug distribution, child neglect and reckless endangerment.
McCutcheon was also charged with resisting arrest, according to Franklin County Jail records.
According to the indictment, the parents allegedly administered meth to their child, Breezy McCutcheon, which caused her to die in January 2018.
Two other children are listed in the indictment. It states the parents apparently exposed another child to drugs and put a third child in extreme danger.
In another murder case, Roger Dale Burgess has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and domestic assault in connection with the death of Decherd resident Tommy Wilkerson, who was shot in the face on April 22 with a 20-gauge shotgun and was taken to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga where he later passed away.
The homicide case involves Winchester resident James Romanalun Hill who was charged after his wife, Samantha Nicole Hill, died on Jan. 3 while in critical condition at Erlanger Baroness Hospital in Chattanooga following a domestic dispute the day before.
Hill was also charged with one count of aggravated assault, one count of domestic violence and two counts of violation of a protective order, stemming from the alleged dispute at a South Shepherd Street residence.
According to early findings in the investigation, the Hills were allegedly engaged in an altercation that subsequently resulted in Mrs. Hill’s injuries, police reports said.