The state can prosecute former constable Mark Patton on charges he was indicted on in February.
At a hearing Tuesday afternoon in Roane County Criminal Court, Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood denied a motion by defense attorney Chris Cawood to toss out the indictment.
Cawood argued that Patton should not have to face the criminal charges alleged in the indictment because Patton was forced to testify about those matters during his ouster trial in June.
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