Two Subjects in Custody in Child Abuse and Neglect Case

Michael Anthony Gray, Sr., being led into Roane County Jail by RCSO Deputies

(more charges likely in near future)

Kingston, TN – (May 25, 2020) The 9th District Attorney General’s Office announces that two suspects are in custody as part of an ongoing investigation involving Michael Anthony Gray, Sr. (63 YOM) and Shirley Gray (60 YOF) of 1275 Dry Fork Valley Road, Ten Mile (Roane County), Tennessee.  The investigation is being conducted by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and the 9th District Child Crimes Unit with the cooperation of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and other law enforcement agencies.  The 9th District Attorney General’s Office emphasizes that, even though arrests of the two named individuals have been made, there is still more to be done.  District Attorney General Russell Johnson stated that he does anticipate further charges and that “there is still more forensic evidence to be analyzed by the investigators and forensics experts which will still need to be reviewed by the prosecutors”.  This statement obviously refers to the situation as described in the warrant narrative (and that abuse of corpse charge) concerning the father’s statement about burying a deceased daughter in the backyard at the Roane County residence.

Here is the situation as of Monday, May 25th at 3:00 pm:

Charges have been taken by warrant against Michael Anthony Gray, Sr. by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office for two counts of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, two counts of Aggravated Child Abuse, three counts of Aggravated Child Neglect, and a single charge Abuse of a Corpse.

Charges have been taken by warrant against Shirley Gray by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office for two counts of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, two counts of Aggravated Child Abuse, three counts of Aggravated Child Neglect, and a single count of Abuse of a Corpse.

Especially Aggravated Kidnapping is a Class A felony and carries a sentence of 15 to 60 years. Under Tennessee law this charge, if it results in conviction, requires 100% day for day service with 15% sentence credit for ‘good time’ – effectively 85% with the ‘good credit’, if achieved.

Aggravated Child Abuse, as charged in this instance under the portion of the statute commonly referred to as Haley’s Law, is a Class A felony (if the child is 8 years of age or less) and carries a sentence of 15 to 60 years; and is a Class B felony (if the child is more than 8 years of age) and carries a sentence of 8 to 30 years.   Under Tennessee law this charge, if it results in conviction, requires 100% day for day service with 15% sentence credit for ‘good time’ – effectively 85% with the ‘good credit’, if achieved.

Aggravated Child Neglect, as charged in this instance under the portion of the statute commonly referred to as Haley’s Law, is also a Class B felony and carries a sentence of 8 to 30 years, but only requires 85% service with and additional 15% credit for ‘good time’, if it results in conviction.   

Abuse of a Corpse is a Class E felony carrying a sentence range of 1 to 6 years with the actual range determined by the defendant’s prior criminal history and it is a probation eligible offense.

District Attorney General Johnson publicly thanked the lead investigators – RCSO Lt. Detective A.E. ‘Art’ Wolff, RCSO Detective John Mayes and 9th District Child Crimes Unit Agent Cortney Dugger – for their nearly ‘round-the-clock’ efforts since the situation involving the Gray family came to law enforcement attention from DCS on Friday evening.  Also, he thanked the Child Advocacy Center of the 9th District and the forensics interviewer, Kari Watkins, for conducting nearly day-long interviews of three minor children on Sunday.

Also, Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan of the Knox County Regional Forensics Center came in to examine skeletal remains on Sunday.  Dr. Murray Marks of the forensics center and UT Anthropology Department and Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Tom Boduch have been or will be involved as well.

General Johnson re-emphasized the ongoing nature of the investigation and the review of the evidence, so additional charges are likely relative to the dead child.

Both Defendants will be arraigned before Roane County General Sessions Judge Terry Stevens on Tuesday, May 26th at 1:00 pm at the Roane County Courthouse, most likely via video link to the Roane County Jail due to the Covid-19 restrictions.  Bond will be set at that time.  Both subjects are in custody in the jail pending the arraignment and the setting of bond.  If they are unable to make bond, they are entitled to an initial appearance hearing in court within 10 days of their arrest.  They will likely be appointed attorneys at the arraignment if they are unable to hire attorneys.

Obviously, the nature of the charges and the involvement of DCS suggest that minors (between the ages of 11 and 15) are involved.  Because of this, and the ethical rules prohibiting the release of certain factual information to the media and the public, there will be no further comment at this time.  The arrest warrants are public records and redacted copies of these warrants may be obtained through the Roane County General Sessions Court Clerk’s Office.  The narrative therein will contain more information than contained in this release.  As prosecutors we caution the media in their speculation about and dissemination of information involving minors.  As more charges are possibly brought and as court dates and hearing dates are set by the Court, both offices will update this information.

Please keep in mind that any person charged with a crime is presumed under both the US and Tennessee Constitutions and case law to be innocent until proven guilty.  Any person charged with a crime is entitled to legal representation.  Any defendant who cannot afford an attorney is entitled to one and the Court will appoint one at taxpayer expense.

Press Conference Video, Courtesy of David Ball Media

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=2379219929042493&ref=watch_permalink

RaceW
SexM
Eye ColorBRO
Hair ColorGRY
Weight195
Height5 08
Admit Date05-25-2020
Admit Time3:36 PM
Confining AgencyRoane
Charge Offense Date Court Type Court Date Bond Bond Type Charging Agency Arresting Agency 
Aggravated Child Abuse Neglect or Endangerment 8 or Less05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Aggravated Child Abuse Neglect or Endangerment 8 or Less05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Aggravated Child Abuse Neglect or Endangerment 8 or Less05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Aggravated Child Abuse Neglect or Endangerment 8 or Less05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Aggravated Child Abuse Neglect or Endangerment 8 or Less05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Especially Aggravated Kidnapping05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Abuse of corpse or sale or purchase of buried human skeletal remains05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Especially Aggravated Kidnapping05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
RaceW
SexF
Eye ColorBLU
Hair ColorGRE
Weight200
Height5 07
Admit Date05-25-2020
Admit Time3:16 PM
Confining AgencyRoane
Charge Offense Date Court Type Court Date Bond Bond Type Charging Agency Arresting Agency 
Especially Aggravated Kidnapping05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Especially Aggravated Kidnapping05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Aggravated Child Abuse Neglect or Endangerment 8 or Less05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Aggravated Child Abuse Neglect or Endangerment 8 or Less05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Aggravated Child Abuse Neglect or Endangerment 8 or Less05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Aggravated Child Abuse Neglect or Endangerment 8 or Less05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Aggravated Child Abuse Neglect or Endangerment 8 or Less05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Abuse of corpse or sale or purchase of buried human skeletal remains05-25-2020General Sessions Stephens10-06-2020  RoaneROANE – TN0730000

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Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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