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Meet the Executive Team

The Executive Team of the District Attorney General’s Office oversees the Office’s daily functions and administers policies and procedures in coordination with District Attorney General Charme Allen.

Chief Deputy District Attorney General: Samuel K. Lee

As the Chief Deputy District Attorney General, Samuel K. Lee oversees the daily operations of the office and serves as second-in-command to District Attorney General Charme P. Allen. He also helps develop and sustain strategic initiatives with community partners. General Lee prosecuted crimes in both Knox and Anderson counties, and he has also represented clients in civil and criminal matters throughout Tennessee. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee in 1989, Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Law in 1994, and Master of Laws from George Washington University in 1996.

 
Education:
University of Tennessee – BA, 1989; Nova Southeastern University – JD, 1994; George Washington University – LLM, 1996
Bar Admissions:
Tennessee, Florida*, District of Columbia*
*Inactive
Prior Experience:
Ridenour & Ridenour, 2008-2014; District Attorney General’s Office, Knox County, TN, 2006-2008; District Attorney General’s Office, Anderson County, TN, 1999-2006; Joyce, Meredith, Flitcroft & Normand, 1996-1999; United States Department of Energy, 1994-1996
Community Involvement:
Tennessee Lottery Corporation Sports Wagering Advisory Council, Member; Leadership Knoxville Board of Directors, Governance Chair; University of Tennessee Medical Center Brain and Spine Institute, Advisory Committee; Knoxville Family Justice Center, Operations, Committee Chair; Knoxville Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center, Operations Committee; Knoxville YWCA GameChangers Men’s Committee, Member; Appalachia HIDTA Knoxville Drug Related Death Task Force, Member; Knox County Mental Health Court, Development and Operations Team Member; Knox County Shot-At-Life, Development and Operations Team Member

As the Chief Deputy District Attorney General, Samuel K. Lee oversees the daily operations of the office and serves as second-in-command to District Attorney General Charme P. Allen. He also helps develop and sustain strategic initiatives with community partners. General Lee prosecuted crimes in both Knox and Anderson counties, and he has also represented clients in civil and criminal matters throughout Tennessee. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee in 1989, Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Law in 1994, and Master of Laws from George Washington University in 1996.

 
Education:
University of Tennessee – BA, 1989; Nova Southeastern University – JD, 1994; George Washington University – LLM, 1996
Bar Admissions:
Tennessee, Florida*, District of Columbia*
*Inactive
Prior Experience:
Ridenour & Ridenour, 2008-2014; District Attorney General’s Office, Knox County, TN, 2006-2008; District Attorney General’s Office, Anderson County, TN, 1999-2006; Joyce, Meredith, Flitcroft & Normand, 1996-1999; United States Department of Energy, 1994-1996
Community Involvement:
Tennessee Lottery Corporation Sports Wagering Advisory Council, Member; Leadership Knoxville Board of Directors, Governance Chair; University of Tennessee Medical Center Brain and Spine Institute, Advisory Committee; Knoxville Family Justice Center, Operations, Committee Chair; Knoxville Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center, Operations Committee; Knoxville YWCA GameChangers Men’s Committee, Member; Appalachia HIDTA Knoxville Drug Related Death Task Force, Member; Knox County Mental Health Court, Development and Operations Team Member; Knox County Shot-At-Life, Development and Operations Team Member

Deputy District Attorney: Leland L. Price

Leland L. Price has worked as a prosecutor in the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office since 1997. He currently serves as Deputy District Attorney, supervising attorneys and support staff in specialized units focusing on murder, drug trafficking, child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, and white-collar crime. 

Mr. Price graduated first in his class with highest honors at David Lipscomb University in December of 1992. He then attended Harvard Law School where he graduated in 1996 with honors.

Mr. Price also serves as a JAG officer with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Tennessee Army National Guard. He deployed to Iraq to 2005 earning the Army Commendation Medal and Combat Action Badge. He also deployed to Poland in 2019 as part of Operation Enhanced Forward Presence.

 
Education:
David Lipscomb University – BS, Summa Cum Laude, 1992; Harvard Law School – JD, Cum Laude, 1996
Bar Admissions:
Tennessee
Prior Experience:
Tennessee Army National Guard, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1999-2007; Operation Iraqi Freedom III, 2004-2005
Community Involvement:
Knoxville Kiwanis Club, Past President; Knoxville American Legion Post #2, Past Commander; Knoxville Bar Association, Past Board Member

Leland L. Price has worked as a prosecutor in the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office since 1997. He currently serves as Deputy District Attorney, supervising attorneys and support staff in specialized units focusing on murder, drug trafficking, child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, and white-collar crime. 

Mr. Price graduated first in his class with highest honors at David Lipscomb University in December of 1992. He then attended Harvard Law School where he graduated in 1996 with honors.

Mr. Price also serves as a JAG officer with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Tennessee Army National Guard. He deployed to Iraq to 2005 earning the Army Commendation Medal and Combat Action Badge. He also deployed to Poland in 2019 as part of Operation Enhanced Forward Presence.

 
Education:
David Lipscomb University – BS, Summa Cum Laude, 1992; Harvard Law School – JD, Cum Laude, 1996
Bar Admissions:
Tennessee
Prior Experience:
Tennessee Army National Guard, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1999-2007; Operation Iraqi Freedom III, 2004-2005
Community Involvement:
Knoxville Kiwanis Club, Past President; Knoxville American Legion Post #2, Past Commander; Knoxville Bar Association, Past Board Member

Assistant District Attorneys appear on behalf of the State of Tennessee to prosecute all misdemeanor and felony charges brought in Juvenile Court, the General Sessions Courts, the Grand Jury, and the Criminal Courts of the 6th Judicial District.

General Franklin Ammons was born and raised in Knoxville and graduated from West High School in 2006. Thereafter, Franklin graduated from Sewanee in 2010 and from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2013, where he was a member of the Law Review. Since earning his license to practice law in 2013, Franklin has worked in private practice primarily focusing on criminal defense. He is also licensed to practice before the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In his spare time, Franklin enjoys history, genealogy, trail running, and college sports.

General Franklin Ammons was born and raised in Knoxville and graduated from West High School in 2006. Thereafter, Franklin graduated from Sewanee in 2010 and from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2013, where he was a member of the Law Review. Since earning his license to practice law in 2013, Franklin has worked in private practice primarily focusing on criminal defense. He is also licensed to practice before the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In his spare time, Franklin enjoys history, genealogy, trail running, and college sports.


General Bright grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, in a small town called Falling Waters, WV.  He earned a degree in history at Bridgewater College and his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Sean decided to become a prosecutor after interning in several DA’s offices, including Knox County. After law school, Sean worked in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Hardy County, WV.  Outside of work Sean enjoys, hiking, road trips, and building flintlock longrifles.
General Bright grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, in a small town called Falling Waters, WV.  He earned a degree in history at Bridgewater College and his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Sean decided to become a prosecutor after interning in several DA’s offices, including Knox County. After law school, Sean worked in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Hardy County, WV.  Outside of work Sean enjoys, hiking, road trips, and building flintlock longrifles.

In 1988, ADA William ‘Bill’ Bright received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Tennessee with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Economics, and in 1992, he was awarded a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.  After graduation from law school, General Bright spent five years working as an Assistant Public Defender in the 22nd Judicial District in the State of Tennessee.  From 1998 until 2001, General Bright served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Tennessee.  While in this position, he worked with a division of the Attorney General’s Office that assisted in the investigation and prosecution of white-collar crime cases.

During his tenure as an Assistant Attorney General, he handled a number of white-collar crime cases.  From July of 2001 to October of 2007, General Bright worked as the staff attorney for the Division of Municipal Audit, Department of Audit, in the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury for the State of Tennessee.  In addition to his regular duties as a staff attorney, General Bright assisted in the investigation and prosecution of white-collar crime and public corruption cases involving misappropriation of local government and non-profit funds. From October of 2007 to December of 2011, General Bright served as the chief prosecutor for the White Collar Crime Prosecution Unit for the District Attorney General’s Office for Shelby County, investigating allegations of public corruption, complex theft, and various other types of economic crimes.

Since January 2012, General Bright has served as an Assistant District Attorney General in the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office, currently serving as the prosecutor in charge of the White Collar Crime Unit, which also investigates allegations of public corruption, complex theft, and various other types of economic crimes.  General Bright chose a career in public service to assist in the fight against public corruption and persons who take financial advantage of businesses and citizens.  He says his favorite part of his job is helping victims seek justice for wrongs done to them and he is motivated by the desire to assist victims of financial crimes and holding the persons responsible accountable.  A highlight of his career thus far was being the lead prosecutor in Shelby County in the case against Clayton Smart, an individual who stole over $10,000 from a series of funeral homes.  In addition to his prosecutorial duties in Knox County, General Bright is also a Special Projects Manager for our Office.

In 1988, ADA William ‘Bill’ Bright received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Tennessee with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Economics, and in 1992, he was awarded a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.  After graduation from law school, General Bright spent five years working as an Assistant Public Defender in the 22nd Judicial District in the State of Tennessee.  From 1998 until 2001, General Bright served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Tennessee.  While in this position, he worked with a division of the Attorney General’s Office that assisted in the investigation and prosecution of white-collar crime cases.

During his tenure as an Assistant Attorney General, he handled a number of white-collar crime cases.  From July of 2001 to October of 2007, General Bright worked as the staff attorney for the Division of Municipal Audit, Department of Audit, in the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury for the State of Tennessee.  In addition to his regular duties as a staff attorney, General Bright assisted in the investigation and prosecution of white-collar crime and public corruption cases involving misappropriation of local government and non-profit funds. From October of 2007 to December of 2011, General Bright served as the chief prosecutor for the White Collar Crime Prosecution Unit for the District Attorney General’s Office for Shelby County, investigating allegations of public corruption, complex theft, and various other types of economic crimes.

Since January 2012, General Bright has served as an Assistant District Attorney General in the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office, currently serving as the prosecutor in charge of the White Collar Crime Unit, which also investigates allegations of public corruption, complex theft, and various other types of economic crimes.  General Bright chose a career in public service to assist in the fight against public corruption and persons who take financial advantage of businesses and citizens.  He says his favorite part of his job is helping victims seek justice for wrongs done to them and he is motivated by the desire to assist victims of financial crimes and holding the persons responsible accountable.  A highlight of his career thus far was being the lead prosecutor in Shelby County in the case against Clayton Smart, an individual who stole over $10,000 from a series of funeral homes.  In addition to his prosecutorial duties in Knox County, General Bright is also a Special Projects Manager for our Office.


Assistant District Attorney Oscar Butler joined the 6th Judicial District after graduating from Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law. During his time at LMU, he worked at Lafevor & Slaughter in the Family Law Sector, served as a Judicial Clerk for the United States Magistrate Judges for the Eastern District of Tennessee and assisted as an intern for the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office.

General Butler is from Murfreesboro, TN but came to East Tennessee by way of Maryville College where he played basketball as a four-year starter and was a political science major. Upon graduating from Maryville College in 2015, he took a year off to prepare for law school. During that year he worked for Costner & Greene in Maryville, where his love for the law and public service truly grew.

Assistant District Attorney Oscar Butler joined the 6th Judicial District after graduating from Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law. During his time at LMU, he worked at Lafevor & Slaughter in the Family Law Sector, served as a Judicial Clerk for the United States Magistrate Judges for the Eastern District of Tennessee and assisted as an intern for the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office.

General Butler is from Murfreesboro, TN but came to East Tennessee by way of Maryville College where he played basketball as a four-year starter and was a political science major. Upon graduating from Maryville College in 2015, he took a year off to prepare for law school. During that year he worked for Costner & Greene in Maryville, where his love for the law and public service truly grew.


Assistant District Attorney Amanda Cox received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education  from Lincoln Memorial University in 1996. After graduation, she spent two years in the insurance business and then applied to law school, obtaining her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the UT College of Law in 2001. She spent five years prosecuting in the 8th Judicial District before opening her own practice in Campbell County. She then returned to prosecution in 2010 when she came to our office. Since her return, she has prosecuted in Juvenile, Criminal and Sessions Court. She draws inspiration at work from the officers and detectives who respond to scenes every day that most of us would rather not think about or even imagine. As she correctly points out, “There are so many great officers out there who do their jobs for the right reasons and what they experience and have to endure at times is truly amazing.” General Cox says that resolving a case is probably what she likes best about what she does. “Obtaining closure and finality is important for all of the parties, and I enjoy working toward that end.”

Assistant District Attorney Amanda Cox received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education  from Lincoln Memorial University in 1996. After graduation, she spent two years in the insurance business and then applied to law school, obtaining her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the UT College of Law in 2001. She spent five years prosecuting in the 8th Judicial District before opening her own practice in Campbell County. She then returned to prosecution in 2010 when she came to our office. Since her return, she has prosecuted in Juvenile, Criminal and Sessions Court. She draws inspiration at work from the officers and detectives who respond to scenes every day that most of us would rather not think about or even imagine. As she correctly points out, “There are so many great officers out there who do their jobs for the right reasons and what they experience and have to endure at times is truly amazing.” General Cox says that resolving a case is probably what she likes best about what she does. “Obtaining closure and finality is important for all of the parties, and I enjoy working toward that end.”


Robert B. DeBusk graduated with the 2016 class from the Duncan School of Law. During law school, he served as law clerk for the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Knox County Circuit Court, achieving the Pro Bono Service Award in 2016 for over 300 pro bono hours. After passing the bar, he moved to Chattanooga to start out as a Title IV-D Attorney, civilly prosecuting child support and establishment cases. In 2018 he opened the DeBusk Law Firm concentrating on criminal defense, juvenile law, and appellate court work. In his spare time, Robert participates in Phi Alpha Delta, soccer, chess, and Jiu-Jitsu.

Robert B. DeBusk graduated with the 2016 class from the Duncan School of Law. During law school, he served as law clerk for the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Knox County Circuit Court, achieving the Pro Bono Service Award in 2016 for over 300 pro bono hours. After passing the bar, he moved to Chattanooga to start out as a Title IV-D Attorney, civilly prosecuting child support and establishment cases. In 2018 he opened the DeBusk Law Firm concentrating on criminal defense, juvenile law, and appellate court work. In his spare time, Robert participates in Phi Alpha Delta, soccer, chess, and Jiu-Jitsu.


Larry Dillon came to East Tennessee from upstate New York to “retire” after three decades of public service litigation with the Oneida County Attorney’s Office, the New York State Attorney General and the Oneida County District Attorney. Retirement was a mere pitstop. With plenty of gas still left in the tank, he looks forward to serving Knox County. Being in the well prosecuting every day is extremely satisfying and very rewarding for General Dillon. In addition to his work in the courtroom in New York, he spent twenty-four years in the classroom teaching criminal justice classes.

Larry Dillon came to East Tennessee from upstate New York to “retire” after three decades of public service litigation with the Oneida County Attorney’s Office, the New York State Attorney General and the Oneida County District Attorney. Retirement was a mere pitstop. With plenty of gas still left in the tank, he looks forward to serving Knox County. Being in the well prosecuting every day is extremely satisfying and very rewarding for General Dillon. In addition to his work in the courtroom in New York, he spent twenty-four years in the classroom teaching criminal justice classes.


Mitch Eisenberg joined the Navy when he was 18 years old to attend the United States Naval Academy, graduating with Merit in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and four years of rugby injuries. After serving for five years as a Naval officer at sea and in multiple shore commands across the country the Navy sent him to law school and he earned a Juris Doctor Degree with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2007. He spent the next six years serving as a military prosecutor and a legal advisor for the Navy, deploying twice aboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). In 2013, General Eisenberg earned a master’s degree in Law with highest honors in National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law at The George Washington University Law School and then served as a criminal justice policy advisor for the Department of the Navy.

In the summer of 2016, he left active duty to pursue a civilian career in Knoxville and transitioned into the Naval Reserves supporting the Region Legal Service Office Southeast headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida before retiring from the Navy in April of 2020. After having served the country in the Navy, General Eisenberg says he wanted to focus his support locally in the community where he and his family decided to settle down. General Eisenberg is inspired by the fact that inside every case is a victim who needs our support while at the same time justice requires us to consider the defendant as well. He recognizes that the system cannot run itself and says he always tries to remember that everyone connected to the system deserve our best effort.

Mitch Eisenberg joined the Navy when he was 18 years old to attend the United States Naval Academy, graduating with Merit in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and four years of rugby injuries. After serving for five years as a Naval officer at sea and in multiple shore commands across the country the Navy sent him to law school and he earned a Juris Doctor Degree with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2007. He spent the next six years serving as a military prosecutor and a legal advisor for the Navy, deploying twice aboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). In 2013, General Eisenberg earned a master’s degree in Law with highest honors in National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law at The George Washington University Law School and then served as a criminal justice policy advisor for the Department of the Navy.

In the summer of 2016, he left active duty to pursue a civilian career in Knoxville and transitioned into the Naval Reserves supporting the Region Legal Service Office Southeast headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida before retiring from the Navy in April of 2020. After having served the country in the Navy, General Eisenberg says he wanted to focus his support locally in the community where he and his family decided to settle down. General Eisenberg is inspired by the fact that inside every case is a victim who needs our support while at the same time justice requires us to consider the defendant as well. He recognizes that the system cannot run itself and says he always tries to remember that everyone connected to the system deserve our best effort.


Before joining the Office, Jacob D. Ens served as a Logistics Officer for the United States Marine Corps. at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He has always felt a call to government work and believes it is an opportunity to give back to our country. He attributes this inspiration to his father, who taught him at a young age the importance of hard work, humility, and dedication. In 2009, he graduated from John Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and joined the Marines the same year. He went on to earn his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Campbell University School of Law in 2017. As part of his service to our county, Mr. Ens was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Before joining the Office, Jacob D. Ens served as a Logistics Officer for the United States Marine Corps. at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He has always felt a call to government work and believes it is an opportunity to give back to our country. He attributes this inspiration to his father, who taught him at a young age the importance of hard work, humility, and dedication. In 2009, he graduated from John Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and joined the Marines the same year. He went on to earn his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Campbell University School of Law in 2017. As part of his service to our county, Mr. Ens was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


Greg Eshbaugh, an Assistant DA in Knox County since 2014, previously worked for about 7 and 1/2 years as an Assistant DA with the 4th Judicial District, specifically in Sevierville prosecuting mostly DUIs as a Grant Prosecutor.  He has a History Degree (Cum Laude) from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law with a concentration in Business Transactions.  After a short time, practicing law on the civil side, he realized that he was never really interested in civil work or criminal defense work and ultimately found prosecution work to be a good fit.  With an Eagle Scout background, he’s always had a public service bent and while he says he respects the work done by defense attorneys, he would rather be protecting the public than criminals.  His favorite part of his job is bringing order from chaos and his inspiration comes from his father who is also an attorney.  With respect to his father, General Eshbaugh says, “I always try to be as smart, honest, and fair as him.”

During his career thus far, he’s handled some interesting cases, such as the time he prosecuted a naked drunk driver who was towing a cement mixer while stalking a minivan full of women on the interstate!  And on a much more serious note, in a bus crash vehicular homicide case where 2 people were killed and 11 more victims were injured, he helped serve justice to the victims by getting the Defendant Tyler Schaeffer to plead guilty and receive a 40-year prison sentence.

Greg Eshbaugh, an Assistant DA in Knox County since 2014, previously worked for about 7 and 1/2 years as an Assistant DA with the 4th Judicial District, specifically in Sevierville prosecuting mostly DUIs as a Grant Prosecutor.  He has a History Degree (Cum Laude) from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law with a concentration in Business Transactions.  After a short time, practicing law on the civil side, he realized that he was never really interested in civil work or criminal defense work and ultimately found prosecution work to be a good fit.  With an Eagle Scout background, he’s always had a public service bent and while he says he respects the work done by defense attorneys, he would rather be protecting the public than criminals.  His favorite part of his job is bringing order from chaos and his inspiration comes from his father who is also an attorney.  With respect to his father, General Eshbaugh says, “I always try to be as smart, honest, and fair as him.”

During his career thus far, he’s handled some interesting cases, such as the time he prosecuted a naked drunk driver who was towing a cement mixer while stalking a minivan full of women on the interstate!  And on a much more serious note, in a bus crash vehicular homicide case where 2 people were killed and 11 more victims were injured, he helped serve justice to the victims by getting the Defendant Tyler Schaeffer to plead guilty and receive a 40-year prison sentence.


Assistant District Attorney General TaKisha (“T.K.”) Fitzgerald began prosecuting cases in Knox County as soon as she graduated from law school in 1998, solidifying a most promising career for her.  Her desire to help others and seek justice on a daily basis are what have driven her down the path of public service, and each day at work brings new and more fascinating stories.  General Fitzgerald has received several distinguished awards, including the National District Attorneys Association’s Home Run Hitter’s Club Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Commission of Greater Knoxville Advocacy Award, and the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference’s President’s Award.

Assistant District Attorney General TaKisha (“T.K.”) Fitzgerald began prosecuting cases in Knox County as soon as she graduated from law school in 1998, solidifying a most promising career for her.  Her desire to help others and seek justice on a daily basis are what have driven her down the path of public service, and each day at work brings new and more fascinating stories.  General Fitzgerald has received several distinguished awards, including the National District Attorneys Association’s Home Run Hitter’s Club Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Commission of Greater Knoxville Advocacy Award, and the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference’s President’s Award.


Assistant DA Steve Garrett became licensed to practice law in 1982, at which time he began his career in private practice and then became a staff attorney for the Department of Human Services. When the Knox County Public Defender’s (PD’s) Office was first created, General Garrett became one of seven Public Defenders. Due to their heavy caseloads representing indigent clients, the PD’s Office made headlines in The New York Times, where the attorneys became known around the country as the “Knoxville Seven.” When Former DA Randy Nichols was appointed as Knox County’s DA in 1992, General Garrett was hired at the DA’s Office, always working under the theory that whatever he is assigned to do, he tries to make sure the Office runs as smoothly as possible.

His favorite part of his job, he says, may sometimes be convicting someone who has hurt someone else or may sometimes be helping a defendant who deserves another chance. General Garrett notes one highlight of his career in March of 2014 when he and General Phil Morton tried Defendant Billy Hill for murdering his mother in 1986. It was a “cold case” where the Police Department had lost all the physical evidence and the lead investigator at the time of the murder had died. Thanks to General Garrett and General Morton, the Defendant was convicted of Second Degree Murder. In addition to his prosecutorial duties, General Garrett is also a Special Projects Manager in our Office.

Assistant DA Steve Garrett became licensed to practice law in 1982, at which time he began his career in private practice and then became a staff attorney for the Department of Human Services. When the Knox County Public Defender’s (PD’s) Office was first created, General Garrett became one of seven Public Defenders. Due to their heavy caseloads representing indigent clients, the PD’s Office made headlines in The New York Times, where the attorneys became known around the country as the “Knoxville Seven.” When Former DA Randy Nichols was appointed as Knox County’s DA in 1992, General Garrett was hired at the DA’s Office, always working under the theory that whatever he is assigned to do, he tries to make sure the Office runs as smoothly as possible.

His favorite part of his job, he says, may sometimes be convicting someone who has hurt someone else or may sometimes be helping a defendant who deserves another chance. General Garrett notes one highlight of his career in March of 2014 when he and General Phil Morton tried Defendant Billy Hill for murdering his mother in 1986. It was a “cold case” where the Police Department had lost all the physical evidence and the lead investigator at the time of the murder had died. Thanks to General Garrett and General Morton, the Defendant was convicted of Second Degree Murder. In addition to his prosecutorial duties, General Garrett is also a Special Projects Manager in our Office.


In 2018, General Heather Good joined our Office to answer the call of public service. One of the driving forces which led her to become a prosecutor is her experience interning at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Knox County District Attorney’s Office while she was in law school. She believes there is no greater feeling than to go home at the end of the day and know that you made a positive impact in someone else’s life. General Good went to East Tennessee State University and majored in Political Science and minored in Legal Studies. She then earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from The University of Tennessee College of Law, cum laude, with a concentration in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. In law school she received the McClung Medal for Excellence in Moot Court, the Moot Court Service Award, and the Judge James H. Haynes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Moot Court. She was also the recipient of the 2015-2016 Summers’ Trial Advocacy Scholarship and was recognized as a distinguished clinic student in the Advocacy Clinic.

In 2018, General Heather Good joined our Office to answer the call of public service. One of the driving forces which led her to become a prosecutor is her experience interning at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Knox County District Attorney’s Office while she was in law school. She believes there is no greater feeling than to go home at the end of the day and know that you made a positive impact in someone else’s life. General Good went to East Tennessee State University and majored in Political Science and minored in Legal Studies. She then earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from The University of Tennessee College of Law, cum laude, with a concentration in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. In law school she received the McClung Medal for Excellence in Moot Court, the Moot Court Service Award, and the Judge James H. Haynes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Moot Court. She was also the recipient of the 2015-2016 Summers’ Trial Advocacy Scholarship and was recognized as a distinguished clinic student in the Advocacy Clinic.


General Liza Guben earned her law degree, cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University and her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Florida State University. Liza was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and recently moved to Knoxville to make a new home. She joined the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office after working at the Miami Dade State Attorney‘s Office in their misdemeanor domestic violence unit.

General Liza Guben earned her law degree, cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University and her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Florida State University. Liza was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and recently moved to Knoxville to make a new home. She joined the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office after working at the Miami Dade State Attorney‘s Office in their misdemeanor domestic violence unit.


General Tammy Hicks is a 1997 graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law. She prosecuted in the 13th Judicial District before returning home to East Tennessee where she began work with our office in 2007. A career as a prosecutor is a fulfillment of General Hicks’ middle school dreams of becoming like her television hero, Jack McCoy, of television’s “Law and Order” fame. General Hicks says that throughout her career as a prosecutor, she’s learned the importance of taking every case seriously, even the more minor charges, given the serious impact those crimes have on victims and the public. She currently leads the Elder Abuse Unit and has served in a variety of other positions in the office including Juvenile Court and Child Abuse, as well as multiple sessions courts.

General Tammy Hicks is a 1997 graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law. She prosecuted in the 13th Judicial District before returning home to East Tennessee where she began work with our office in 2007. A career as a prosecutor is a fulfillment of General Hicks’ middle school dreams of becoming like her television hero, Jack McCoy, of television’s “Law and Order” fame. General Hicks says that throughout her career as a prosecutor, she’s learned the importance of taking every case seriously, even the more minor charges, given the serious impact those crimes have on victims and the public. She currently leads the Elder Abuse Unit and has served in a variety of other positions in the office including Juvenile Court and Child Abuse, as well as multiple sessions courts.


Assistant District Attorney General James “Del” Holley received his Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Auburn University in 1988 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1991. He came to our Office from the private practice of law in 1994 after he learned that former DA Randy Nichols was looking for a collections attorney to help the General Sessions Court Clerk’s Office pursue delinquent fines and costs. While General Holley says that being in court every day is his favorite part of his job, he is also fascinated by the variety of his experiences as a prosecutor:

;“I have handled criminal cases from traffic violations to first-degree murder charges. I have appeared in General Sessions Court, Juvenile Court, Grand Jury, and Criminal Court. I have drafted pleadings, conducted preliminary hearings, and tried cases in front of judges and juries. I have taught middle and high school students, police department recruits, and law enforcement officers about all types of legal issues. I have made presentations to church and community groups, lectured at professional training events, and appeared on television programs. During my 25 years in the DA’s Office, every day has been interesting and challenging in different ways.”

General Holley is the recipient of the 2015 John J. Duncan, Sr. award for Senior Advocacy (Professional) given annually by the Knox County Office on Aging and Senior Citizens Information & Referral Service and a graduate of Leadership Knoxville (Class of 2007). In October of 2016, he was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to serve on the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability representing Older Tennesseans in the Eastern Tennessee Region of the State.

Assistant District Attorney General James “Del” Holley received his Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Auburn University in 1988 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1991. He came to our Office from the private practice of law in 1994 after he learned that former DA Randy Nichols was looking for a collections attorney to help the General Sessions Court Clerk’s Office pursue delinquent fines and costs. While General Holley says that being in court every day is his favorite part of his job, he is also fascinated by the variety of his experiences as a prosecutor:

;“I have handled criminal cases from traffic violations to first-degree murder charges. I have appeared in General Sessions Court, Juvenile Court, Grand Jury, and Criminal Court. I have drafted pleadings, conducted preliminary hearings, and tried cases in front of judges and juries. I have taught middle and high school students, police department recruits, and law enforcement officers about all types of legal issues. I have made presentations to church and community groups, lectured at professional training events, and appeared on television programs. During my 25 years in the DA’s Office, every day has been interesting and challenging in different ways.”

General Holley is the recipient of the 2015 John J. Duncan, Sr. award for Senior Advocacy (Professional) given annually by the Knox County Office on Aging and Senior Citizens Information & Referral Service and a graduate of Leadership Knoxville (Class of 2007). In October of 2016, he was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to serve on the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability representing Older Tennesseans in the Eastern Tennessee Region of the State.


Prior to becoming an Assistant District Attorney in 2006, General Hunnicutt worked with the State Legislature as a Legislative attorney with the State Senate. His desire to be in the courtroom and do his part to contribute to public safety led him to seek a career in the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office, where he has, at one point or another, been assigned to all of the General Sessions and Criminal Courts. General Hunnicutt says that the best parts of this career are the people with whom he works and achieving a fair and just resolution to his cases.

Prior to becoming an Assistant District Attorney in 2006, General Hunnicutt worked with the State Legislature as a Legislative attorney with the State Senate. His desire to be in the courtroom and do his part to contribute to public safety led him to seek a career in the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office, where he has, at one point or another, been assigned to all of the General Sessions and Criminal Courts. General Hunnicutt says that the best parts of this career are the people with whom he works and achieving a fair and just resolution to his cases.


Veteran attorney Ken Irvine began his legal career by practicing law at the private law firms of Ritchie, Fels & Dillard, P.C., Knoxville, Tennessee (1991 – 1996) and Eldridge, Irvine & Gaines, PLLC, Knoxville, Tennessee (1996 – 2004). He then launched into the public service sector, first serving as an Assistant Public Defender in the Knox County Public Defender’s Office from 2004 – 2006, and then as an Assistant District Attorney General in the Knox County District Attorney’s Office from 2006 – 2007. General Irvine is also known to all of us in the legal community as Criminal Court Division II Judge Irvine, wherein he was appointed to the bench in 2007 by the Governor following the death of Judge Ray Jenkins.

After superbly serving his community in that capacity for a year, General Irvine returned to the DA’s Office to pursue his passion for prosecution and has been with our Office ever since. General Irvine received his Doctor of Jurisprudence (High Honors) from The University of Tennessee College of Law in May 1990 with a Class Rank of 8th. In law school he was a member of the Order of the Coif, Phi Kappa Phi and received the James L. Powers III Award of Excellence in Criminal Advocacy. His undergraduate studies occurred at Florida State University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in August 1987, with Majors in Political Science and Social Science.

In addition to his duties as a prosecutor, General Irvine is very active in several civic organizations. He is a Life Member of The American Legion, Post 2, serving as Post Commander in Knoxville, Tennessee from 2009 – 2011, and as Department Judge Advocate from 2013 – Present. He is also a Life Member of the US Army Ranger Association, the 101st Airborne Division Association, and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he served as President from 2000 – 2001. In recognition of his distinguished legal career, he is a two-time recipient of the Robert W. Ritchie Award.

Veteran attorney Ken Irvine began his legal career by practicing law at the private law firms of Ritchie, Fels & Dillard, P.C., Knoxville, Tennessee (1991 – 1996) and Eldridge, Irvine & Gaines, PLLC, Knoxville, Tennessee (1996 – 2004). He then launched into the public service sector, first serving as an Assistant Public Defender in the Knox County Public Defender’s Office from 2004 – 2006, and then as an Assistant District Attorney General in the Knox County District Attorney’s Office from 2006 – 2007. General Irvine is also known to all of us in the legal community as Criminal Court Division II Judge Irvine, wherein he was appointed to the bench in 2007 by the Governor following the death of Judge Ray Jenkins.

After superbly serving his community in that capacity for a year, General Irvine returned to the DA’s Office to pursue his passion for prosecution and has been with our Office ever since. General Irvine received his Doctor of Jurisprudence (High Honors) from The University of Tennessee College of Law in May 1990 with a Class Rank of 8th. In law school he was a member of the Order of the Coif, Phi Kappa Phi and received the James L. Powers III Award of Excellence in Criminal Advocacy. His undergraduate studies occurred at Florida State University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in August 1987, with Majors in Political Science and Social Science.

In addition to his duties as a prosecutor, General Irvine is very active in several civic organizations. He is a Life Member of The American Legion, Post 2, serving as Post Commander in Knoxville, Tennessee from 2009 – 2011, and as Department Judge Advocate from 2013 – Present. He is also a Life Member of the US Army Ranger Association, the 101st Airborne Division Association, and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he served as President from 2000 – 2001. In recognition of his distinguished legal career, he is a two-time recipient of the Robert W. Ritchie Award.


Before being hired at the Knox County D.A.’s Office in 2015 in what she calls “the highlight of her new career thus far,” Assistant DA Danielle Jones, a graduate of Belmont University College of Law, worked at a small civil law firm, Meadows & Wall, PLLC, where she assisted with family law matters and some employment law. She worked mainly behind the scenes in the office but says she always knew she wanted to be a trial attorney. During her second year of law school, General Jones was given the opportunity to work in the Davidson County D.A.’s Office. She says she was “hooked” after that – she knew that this was the only job she wanted.

General Jones feels the best part of this job is to know that she could have a positive impact on someone in what is typically a very negative moment in his/her life. She states, “Whether it’s just making a victim feel better about the situation they are in or helping someone get treatment, I think we have a unique opportunity to really help people.” She notes that all of her coworkers really bring something special to the table, and she learns from someone in our Office every single day.

Before being hired at the Knox County D.A.’s Office in 2015 in what she calls “the highlight of her new career thus far,” Assistant DA Danielle Jones, a graduate of Belmont University College of Law, worked at a small civil law firm, Meadows & Wall, PLLC, where she assisted with family law matters and some employment law. She worked mainly behind the scenes in the office but says she always knew she wanted to be a trial attorney. During her second year of law school, General Jones was given the opportunity to work in the Davidson County D.A.’s Office. She says she was “hooked” after that – she knew that this was the only job she wanted.

General Jones feels the best part of this job is to know that she could have a positive impact on someone in what is typically a very negative moment in his/her life. She states, “Whether it’s just making a victim feel better about the situation they are in or helping someone get treatment, I think we have a unique opportunity to really help people.” She notes that all of her coworkers really bring something special to the table, and she learns from someone in our Office every single day.


Assistant District Attorney General Samyah G. Jubran, a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, joined the Knox County District Attorney’s Office as a full-time Assistant DA upon receiving her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree and passing the Tennessee Bar in October of that year. Assigned to prosecute cases in most of the Knox County courts throughout her career, General Jubran has spent the majority of her over 2 decades at the DA’s Office working in General Sessions Court, helping victims of crimes in their pursuit of justice, while also helping many first-time offenders navigate their way through our system. With a primary focus on improving the efficiency of the criminal justice system overall, General Jubran helped initiate the Bonded Arraignment Court and the Misdemeanor Citation Booking process, and she implemented the Expungement Screening process in Knox County.

In addition to her duties as an Assistant D.A. prosecuting cases in court daily and assisting petitioners and attorneys with the expungement process, she was appointed as our Office’s Online Media Director in September 2014 and held that position until December 2017. As the Online Media Director, she oversaw all aspects of launching and maintaining our first ever website, Facebook page, and Twitter page, as well as other creative projects on behalf of the Office. General Jubran, who has been named a Cityview Magazine Top Attorney several years in a row, is inspired daily by the tireless efforts of all her co-workers. As an active member of the Knoxville Community, she raised over $57,000 as the Runner-Up for the Knoxville Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2020 Woman of the Year Campaign and serves in leadership roles with the Ramallah, Palestine Club of Knoxville and the University of Tennessee Knoxville Chancellor’s Associates Program.

Assistant District Attorney General Samyah G. Jubran, a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, joined the Knox County District Attorney’s Office as a full-time Assistant DA upon receiving her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree and passing the Tennessee Bar in October of that year. Assigned to prosecute cases in most of the Knox County courts throughout her career, General Jubran has spent the majority of her over 2 decades at the DA’s Office working in General Sessions Court, helping victims of crimes in their pursuit of justice, while also helping many first-time offenders navigate their way through our system. With a primary focus on improving the efficiency of the criminal justice system overall, General Jubran helped initiate the Bonded Arraignment Court and the Misdemeanor Citation Booking process, and she implemented the Expungement Screening process in Knox County.

In addition to her duties as an Assistant D.A. prosecuting cases in court daily and assisting petitioners and attorneys with the expungement process, she was appointed as our Office’s Online Media Director in September 2014 and held that position until December 2017. As the Online Media Director, she oversaw all aspects of launching and maintaining our first ever website, Facebook page, and Twitter page, as well as other creative projects on behalf of the Office. General Jubran, who has been named a Cityview Magazine Top Attorney several years in a row, is inspired daily by the tireless efforts of all her co-workers. As an active member of the Knoxville Community, she raised over $57,000 as the Runner-Up for the Knoxville Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2020 Woman of the Year Campaign and serves in leadership roles with the Ramallah, Palestine Club of Knoxville and the University of Tennessee Knoxville Chancellor’s Associates Program.


Assistant District Attorney General Randall Kilby joined the DA’s Office in 2007 in a continuation of his public service legal career. He first practiced law with Knoxville Legal Aid from 1987 to 1993, followed by his service with the Knox County Public Defender’s Office from 1993 to 2007. General Kilby has always had a desire to help others and improve society, and he says his favorite part of his current job is helping victims, working with other Assistant DAs, and working in coordination with law enforcement. His co-workers and their dedication to our overall mission of seeking justice inspire him daily.

Assistant District Attorney General Randall Kilby joined the DA’s Office in 2007 in a continuation of his public service legal career. He first practiced law with Knoxville Legal Aid from 1987 to 1993, followed by his service with the Knox County Public Defender’s Office from 1993 to 2007. General Kilby has always had a desire to help others and improve society, and he says his favorite part of his current job is helping victims, working with other Assistant DAs, and working in coordination with law enforcement. His co-workers and their dedication to our overall mission of seeking justice inspire him daily.


Assistant District Attorney General Andrea Kline has been employed by the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office since March 2000. General Kline received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and then worked as a caretaker in a residential facility for mentally and physically handicapped adults. Thereafter she obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May 1995 and was employed in private practice prior to joining the District Attorney General’s Office. She is currently assigned to the Elder Abuse Special Prosecution Unit and established that Unit in the fall of 2014 at the direction of District Attorney General Charme P. Allen. General Kline participates in East Tennessee Elder Watch and the Tennessee Vulnerable Adult Coalition, and worked with both groups to co-author a statewide survey on the status of Elder Abuse in Tennessee. She established the state’s first VAPIT (Vulnerable Adult Prosecution and Investigation Team), a multi-disciplinary taskforce wherein Adult Protective Services (APS), Law Enforcement, and the District Attorney General’s Office meet bi-weekly to review all cases of Elder Abuse and Exploitation reported to Knox County APS.

In addition to her duties as an Assistant DA, General Kline is the Legislative Liaison for the Knox County District Attorney’s Office, and she is a member of the District Attorneys General Conference where she currently serves on the Elder Abuse Committee and the Legislative Committee. She is also a trainer for Knoxville’s Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse In Later Life Program, a federally funded curriculum administered by the Knoxville Police Department to provide elder abuse training to approximately 1,000 Knoxville Police Officers. Additionally, she has participated in multiple training seminars on the topic of Elder Abuse both as a participant and as a presenter.

General Kline previously served on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Advocacy Program and of the Knoxville Early Diversion Program wherein Helen Ross McNabb partnered with community organizations to establish and administer grant programs aimed at reducing recidivism in the criminal justice system. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Court Appointed Special Advocates of East Tennessee (CASA), and she has previously served on the Board of Directors for Junior League of Knoxville, the YWCA, and the Knoxville Montessori School. She says she is inspired each day by the elderly victims with whom she works, and she is focused on increasing awareness of elder abuse at the local and state levels. Through her participation in the Legislative and Elder Abuse Committees, General Kline has also been instrumental in urging our legislators to pass legislation related to the elderly and to all crime victims.

Assistant District Attorney General Andrea Kline has been employed by the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office since March 2000. General Kline received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and then worked as a caretaker in a residential facility for mentally and physically handicapped adults. Thereafter she obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May 1995 and was employed in private practice prior to joining the District Attorney General’s Office. She is currently assigned to the Elder Abuse Special Prosecution Unit and established that Unit in the fall of 2014 at the direction of District Attorney General Charme P. Allen. General Kline participates in East Tennessee Elder Watch and the Tennessee Vulnerable Adult Coalition, and worked with both groups to co-author a statewide survey on the status of Elder Abuse in Tennessee. She established the state’s first VAPIT (Vulnerable Adult Prosecution and Investigation Team), a multi-disciplinary taskforce wherein Adult Protective Services (APS), Law Enforcement, and the District Attorney General’s Office meet bi-weekly to review all cases of Elder Abuse and Exploitation reported to Knox County APS.

In addition to her duties as an Assistant DA, General Kline is the Legislative Liaison for the Knox County District Attorney’s Office, and she is a member of the District Attorneys General Conference where she currently serves on the Elder Abuse Committee and the Legislative Committee. She is also a trainer for Knoxville’s Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse In Later Life Program, a federally funded curriculum administered by the Knoxville Police Department to provide elder abuse training to approximately 1,000 Knoxville Police Officers. Additionally, she has participated in multiple training seminars on the topic of Elder Abuse both as a participant and as a presenter.

General Kline previously served on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Advocacy Program and of the Knoxville Early Diversion Program wherein Helen Ross McNabb partnered with community organizations to establish and administer grant programs aimed at reducing recidivism in the criminal justice system. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Court Appointed Special Advocates of East Tennessee (CASA), and she has previously served on the Board of Directors for Junior League of Knoxville, the YWCA, and the Knoxville Montessori School. She says she is inspired each day by the elderly victims with whom she works, and she is focused on increasing awareness of elder abuse at the local and state levels. Through her participation in the Legislative and Elder Abuse Committees, General Kline has also been instrumental in urging our legislators to pass legislation related to the elderly and to all crime victims.


Rachel Lambert received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee with honors. While at UT, Rachel spent many of her summers volunteering for organizations in her community and abroad. She learned to speak Spanish while volunteering as a translator with traveling medical clinics in Venezuela. Her volunteer work inspired her to pursue a career in law where she could work to better her community. Rachel attended law school at the University of Georgia where she graduated again with honors. In 2011, Rachel was the recipient of an Equal Justice Fellowship that allowed her to work defending juvenile offenders in Nashville, Tennessee. After completing law school in 2012, Rachel moved back to Knoxville to start her career working in private practice. Rachel is excited to know that her work as an Assistant District Attorney can have positive impacts on the community she lives in – whether it’s seeing justice done for a victim or helping ensure an offender is redirected down a better path in the future.

Rachel Lambert received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee with honors. While at UT, Rachel spent many of her summers volunteering for organizations in her community and abroad. She learned to speak Spanish while volunteering as a translator with traveling medical clinics in Venezuela. Her volunteer work inspired her to pursue a career in law where she could work to better her community. Rachel attended law school at the University of Georgia where she graduated again with honors. In 2011, Rachel was the recipient of an Equal Justice Fellowship that allowed her to work defending juvenile offenders in Nashville, Tennessee. After completing law school in 2012, Rachel moved back to Knoxville to start her career working in private practice. Rachel is excited to know that her work as an Assistant District Attorney can have positive impacts on the community she lives in – whether it’s seeing justice done for a victim or helping ensure an offender is redirected down a better path in the future.


Before coming to work at the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office, Assistant District Attorney General Willie Lane says she “flunked out of” a variety of colleges, including a brief stint at the Art Institute in Atlanta. After having her first daughter in 1986, she realized she had to “grow up and get a real job” so that she could support herself and her child. She went back to school, graduating with honors and thereafter began her career as a paralegal. However, after 7 years, she says her boss got tired of her telling him what she thought he should do and he insisted she go to law school. Luckily for us, she graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1996 and has been with the DA’s Office ever since. Prosecuting domestic violence cases has always been her passion, not only to help victims but to hold the defendants responsible for their actions. Her inspiration comes from the victims’ advocates with whom she is fortunate enough to work, because she knows, much like the nurse in an obstetrics ward, the advocates do the real work and the DA just swoops in at the end for the glory. She is grateful every day to be doing a job she truly, truly loves.

Before coming to work at the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office, Assistant District Attorney General Willie Lane says she “flunked out of” a variety of colleges, including a brief stint at the Art Institute in Atlanta. After having her first daughter in 1986, she realized she had to “grow up and get a real job” so that she could support herself and her child. She went back to school, graduating with honors and thereafter began her career as a paralegal. However, after 7 years, she says her boss got tired of her telling him what she thought he should do and he insisted she go to law school. Luckily for us, she graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1996 and has been with the DA’s Office ever since. Prosecuting domestic violence cases has always been her passion, not only to help victims but to hold the defendants responsible for their actions. Her inspiration comes from the victims’ advocates with whom she is fortunate enough to work, because she knows, much like the nurse in an obstetrics ward, the advocates do the real work and the DA just swoops in at the end for the glory. She is grateful every day to be doing a job she truly, truly loves.


Assistant District Attorney General Debbie Malone received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia in 1994. She then attended the University of Tennessee’s College of Law receiving her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree in 1997. After a very brief stint in private practice, she joined the D.A.’s Office in January 1998. While in the D.A.’s Office she has worked in every courtroom the Office staffs. She is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit and enjoys helping victims.

Assistant District Attorney General Debbie Malone received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia in 1994. She then attended the University of Tennessee’s College of Law receiving her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree in 1997. After a very brief stint in private practice, she joined the D.A.’s Office in January 1998. While in the D.A.’s Office she has worked in every courtroom the Office staffs. She is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit and enjoys helping victims.


Assistant DA Molly Martin graduated from the University of Tennessee Martin in 1995 where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. She moved to Nashville in 1995 and attended Middle Tennessee State University to pursue a career in Education. In 2002, General Martin decided that she wanted to attend law school in hopes of becoming a prosecutor. As such, she attended The Nashville School of Law and earned her Juris Doctor Degree while working full time. After graduating in 2006, General Martin moved to Knoxville and was hired in 2007 at the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office.

Throughout the span of her prosecutorial career, General Martin has been assigned to work in Juvenile Court as well as in all of the General Sessions Courts. As a current member of the Domestic Violence Special Prosecution Unit, she prosecutes cases from their inception in General Sessions Court to their conclusion in Criminal Court, and says she feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to help domestic violence victims receive the justice that they deserve.

Assistant DA Molly Martin graduated from the University of Tennessee Martin in 1995 where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. She moved to Nashville in 1995 and attended Middle Tennessee State University to pursue a career in Education. In 2002, General Martin decided that she wanted to attend law school in hopes of becoming a prosecutor. As such, she attended The Nashville School of Law and earned her Juris Doctor Degree while working full time. After graduating in 2006, General Martin moved to Knoxville and was hired in 2007 at the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office.

Throughout the span of her prosecutorial career, General Martin has been assigned to work in Juvenile Court as well as in all of the General Sessions Courts. As a current member of the Domestic Violence Special Prosecution Unit, she prosecutes cases from their inception in General Sessions Court to their conclusion in Criminal Court, and says she feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to help domestic violence victims receive the justice that they deserve.


Following graduation in 2009 from University of Tennessee College of Law, cum laude, Ashley McDermott worked for several years as a Prosecutor in the Sevier County District Attorney’s Office and then joined the Knox County District Attorney’s Office in 2013. As a veteran trial attorney handling cases ranging from First Degree Murder to Rape of a Child, General McDermott currently serves as the Team Leader of the Child Abuse Unit where she manages a team of three attorneys and two support staff members. Ashley McDermott represents the people of the State of Tennessee in cases involving child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, child exploitation, and violations of the sex offender registry.  She uses her more than a decade of experience to protect the most vulnerable victims from predators.

General McDermott was previously a member of the Career Criminal & Gang Unit where she stood up to gang offenders who attempted to intimidate their neighbors into silence. In her spare time, Mrs. McDermott is the Chair of the School Board at Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Troop Leader of Girl Scout Troop 22123, and volunteer basketball coach for Knoxville Youth Sports. Ashley McDermott has been married to another veteran prosecutor since 2010 and has three children.

Following graduation in 2009 from University of Tennessee College of Law, cum laude, Ashley McDermott worked for several years as a Prosecutor in the Sevier County District Attorney’s Office and then joined the Knox County District Attorney’s Office in 2013. As a veteran trial attorney handling cases ranging from First Degree Murder to Rape of a Child, General McDermott currently serves as the Team Leader of the Child Abuse Unit where she manages a team of three attorneys and two support staff members. Ashley McDermott represents the people of the State of Tennessee in cases involving child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, child exploitation, and violations of the sex offender registry.  She uses her more than a decade of experience to protect the most vulnerable victims from predators.

General McDermott was previously a member of the Career Criminal & Gang Unit where she stood up to gang offenders who attempted to intimidate their neighbors into silence. In her spare time, Mrs. McDermott is the Chair of the School Board at Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Troop Leader of Girl Scout Troop 22123, and volunteer basketball coach for Knoxville Youth Sports. Ashley McDermott has been married to another veteran prosecutor since 2010 and has three children.


Assistant DA Sean F. McDermott joined the Office in 2009 after earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law (Magna Cum Laude) and receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree (Cum Laude) from Xavier University in 2006 where he was named a University Scholar. General McDermott is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association and the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court. In addition to being a narcotics prosecutor, General McDermott has been appointed as our Public Information Officer (PIO). He says he enjoys helping the community understand the hard work accomplished by the members of the DA’s Office. To that end, General McDermott states, “My work as PIO for the Office, as a presenter for the Community Affairs Unit, and as a lecturer at law enforcement training academies promotes a greater appreciation for the role of a prosecutor and an understanding of our Office as a whole.”

Assistant DA Sean F. McDermott joined the Office in 2009 after earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law (Magna Cum Laude) and receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree (Cum Laude) from Xavier University in 2006 where he was named a University Scholar. General McDermott is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association and the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court. In addition to being a narcotics prosecutor, General McDermott has been appointed as our Public Information Officer (PIO). He says he enjoys helping the community understand the hard work accomplished by the members of the DA’s Office. To that end, General McDermott states, “My work as PIO for the Office, as a presenter for the Community Affairs Unit, and as a lecturer at law enforcement training academies promotes a greater appreciation for the role of a prosecutor and an understanding of our Office as a whole.”


General Karla Mendez earned her law and political science degrees from UTK. During law school, Karla interned for the Knox County DAG’s Office, additionally she was the recipient of the Baker Donelson Leadership Award and the Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis Scholarship and Distinguished Student Award. From a young age, Ms. Mendez has wanted to help others and improve society. She joined the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office after finishing a fellowship at the UT Legal Clinic.

General Karla Mendez earned her law and political science degrees from UTK. During law school, Karla interned for the Knox County DAG’s Office, additionally she was the recipient of the Baker Donelson Leadership Award and the Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis Scholarship and Distinguished Student Award. From a young age, Ms. Mendez has wanted to help others and improve society. She joined the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office after finishing a fellowship at the UT Legal Clinic.


Assistant District Attorney General Jordan Murray joined our Office in March 2017 after having previously worked as an Assistant DA at the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office in Memphis, Tennessee. While at the Shelby County DA’s Office, he was most recently assigned to the Felony Preliminary Hearing Team but also worked within the Domestic Violence Unit and General Sessions Teams. General Murray says that he’s always had an interest in working as a prosecutor and his student internship with the Shelby County DA’s Office erased any doubts that he had about pursuing this career. His favorite part of his job is working within the courtroom and striving to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

The hard work of his co-workers, who oftentimes juggle multiple cases at once, inspires General Murray to work harder at his job. Additionally, he is also inspired by the desire to seek justice for victims who have to relive and testify about the crimes that have impacted their lives. General Murray is a 2010 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (History Major, Criminal Justice Minor). He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Memphis School of Law in May 2014.

Assistant District Attorney General Jordan Murray joined our Office in March 2017 after having previously worked as an Assistant DA at the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office in Memphis, Tennessee. While at the Shelby County DA’s Office, he was most recently assigned to the Felony Preliminary Hearing Team but also worked within the Domestic Violence Unit and General Sessions Teams. General Murray says that he’s always had an interest in working as a prosecutor and his student internship with the Shelby County DA’s Office erased any doubts that he had about pursuing this career. His favorite part of his job is working within the courtroom and striving to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

The hard work of his co-workers, who oftentimes juggle multiple cases at once, inspires General Murray to work harder at his job. Additionally, he is also inspired by the desire to seek justice for victims who have to relive and testify about the crimes that have impacted their lives. General Murray is a 2010 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (History Major, Criminal Justice Minor). He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Memphis School of Law in May 2014.


Nate Ogle joined our office as an Assistant District Attorney General in 2014. A native of Seymour, Tennessee, ADA Ogle graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 2010, and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Appalachian School of Law in 2013. ADA Ogle began his career in the office as the general trial prosecutor in Criminal Court – Division II and then moved to the Child Abuse Unit in 2017. In that position, ADA Ogle works with victims and families to prosecute sexual crimes, violent crimes, and child homicides. ADA Ogle also works with the regional law enforcement human trafficking task force in the investigation and prosecution of individuals who victimize persons in this area through sexual trafficking.

ADA Ogle is regularly involved with the training of community and law enforcement organizations in the areas of internet safety, human trafficking, and reporting requirements for child physical and sexual abuse. He is inspired to do this work by his wife, his two children, and the young victims of this community who come forward beyond all odds to tell their accounts so that justice might be served in a court of law.

Nate Ogle joined our office as an Assistant District Attorney General in 2014. A native of Seymour, Tennessee, ADA Ogle graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 2010, and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Appalachian School of Law in 2013. ADA Ogle began his career in the office as the general trial prosecutor in Criminal Court – Division II and then moved to the Child Abuse Unit in 2017. In that position, ADA Ogle works with victims and families to prosecute sexual crimes, violent crimes, and child homicides. ADA Ogle also works with the regional law enforcement human trafficking task force in the investigation and prosecution of individuals who victimize persons in this area through sexual trafficking.

ADA Ogle is regularly involved with the training of community and law enforcement organizations in the areas of internet safety, human trafficking, and reporting requirements for child physical and sexual abuse. He is inspired to do this work by his wife, his two children, and the young victims of this community who come forward beyond all odds to tell their accounts so that justice might be served in a court of law.


Assistant District Attorney General Justin Pruitt joined our Office on March 16, 2015. Holding a Master’s Degree in School Psychology, General Pruitt was the Director of the University of Tennessee College of Law’s Pro Bono Projects during his third year of law school and was awarded the William M. Leech, Jr. Public Service Prize and Student Clinic Attorney Award, making him a perfect fit for public service. He has served in the Juvenile unit focusing on their rehabilitative efforts for our community’s youth and currently serves as special prosecutor for cases involving individuals experiencing serious mental illness.

Assistant District Attorney General Justin Pruitt joined our Office on March 16, 2015. Holding a Master’s Degree in School Psychology, General Pruitt was the Director of the University of Tennessee College of Law’s Pro Bono Projects during his third year of law school and was awarded the William M. Leech, Jr. Public Service Prize and Student Clinic Attorney Award, making him a perfect fit for public service. He has served in the Juvenile unit focusing on their rehabilitative efforts for our community’s youth and currently serves as special prosecutor for cases involving individuals experiencing serious mental illness.


Sean Roberts joined the Office in 2020 as an assistant district attorney. He grew up in Florida and joined the U.S. Army after high school. He was Active Duty Army for six years, being deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Sean graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with an undergraduate degree in Political Science. In May 2020, he graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He did mock trial all three years of law school and received the Order of the Barristers for his work in the moot court program. Now, he serves as a coach for mock trial at UT Law. 

Sean and his wife have an Australian Shepherd named Brady and a cat named Nicks. In his free time, he likes to hike the trails in the Smoky Mountains, camp, and snow ski in the winter. Sean is also a self-proclaimed, “die hard Tennessee Vol.”

Sean Roberts joined the Office in 2020 as an assistant district attorney. He grew up in Florida and joined the U.S. Army after high school. He was Active Duty Army for six years, being deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Sean graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with an undergraduate degree in Political Science. In May 2020, he graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He did mock trial all three years of law school and received the Order of the Barristers for his work in the moot court program. Now, he serves as a coach for mock trial at UT Law. 

Sean and his wife have an Australian Shepherd named Brady and a cat named Nicks. In his free time, he likes to hike the trails in the Smoky Mountains, camp, and snow ski in the winter. Sean is also a self-proclaimed, “die hard Tennessee Vol.”


Assistant DA Hector Sanchez began interning with the Knox County DA’s Office in January of 2010, after graduating from Old Dominion University.

During his third year of law school at the University of Tennessee College of Law, General Sanchez served as Chair of the Moot Court Executive Board and was awarded the Chancellor George Lewis Moot Court Award. The Award is designed to recognize those who have “exhibited excellence and attained high honor through the art of courtroom advocacy.” Additionally, he was elected to the National Order of the Barristers, an elite organization that only selects ten graduates per year.

In addition to the Assistant DAs in his Unit, General Sanchez is inspired daily by the work ethic of General TaKisha Fitzgerald, and looks to her as a mentor. He says he has always had a calling to work in public service and finds it gratifying to positively impact the community by taking violent offenders off of the streets.

General Sanchez also carries the title of Sergeant Sanchez of the United States Marine Corps. Before receiving an honorable discharge in 2009, he distinguished himself in our Armed Services by serving in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Assistant DA Hector Sanchez began interning with the Knox County DA’s Office in January of 2010, after graduating from Old Dominion University.

During his third year of law school at the University of Tennessee College of Law, General Sanchez served as Chair of the Moot Court Executive Board and was awarded the Chancellor George Lewis Moot Court Award. The Award is designed to recognize those who have “exhibited excellence and attained high honor through the art of courtroom advocacy.” Additionally, he was elected to the National Order of the Barristers, an elite organization that only selects ten graduates per year.

In addition to the Assistant DAs in his Unit, General Sanchez is inspired daily by the work ethic of General TaKisha Fitzgerald, and looks to her as a mentor. He says he has always had a calling to work in public service and finds it gratifying to positively impact the community by taking violent offenders off of the streets.

General Sanchez also carries the title of Sergeant Sanchez of the United States Marine Corps. Before receiving an honorable discharge in 2009, he distinguished himself in our Armed Services by serving in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.


Assistant District Attorney Christy Smith is a native of East Texas but has lived all over the United States. She trained dogs for 15 years before deciding to pursue a career in law. In 2014, she moved from New York to East Tennessee to be closer to family and to attend the University of Tennessee College of Law. While in law school, Christy was very involved in UT’s Legal Clinic. She was recognized as a distinguished student for her work in the Innocence and Wrongful Convictions Clinic and was the 2017 recipient of the Jerry P. Black, Jr. Student Clinic Attorney Award. Her proudest moment in law school was arguing before the Court of Criminal Appeals as a third-year student. Christy graduated in May 2017. Before joining the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office, General Smith worked as a domestic violence prosecutor in Scott County. In spite of the unique challenges inherent in domestic violence cases, she enjoyed helping victims and educating the community about the prevalence of domestic violence.

Assistant District Attorney Christy Smith is a native of East Texas but has lived all over the United States. She trained dogs for 15 years before deciding to pursue a career in law. In 2014, she moved from New York to East Tennessee to be closer to family and to attend the University of Tennessee College of Law. While in law school, Christy was very involved in UT’s Legal Clinic. She was recognized as a distinguished student for her work in the Innocence and Wrongful Convictions Clinic and was the 2017 recipient of the Jerry P. Black, Jr. Student Clinic Attorney Award. Her proudest moment in law school was arguing before the Court of Criminal Appeals as a third-year student. Christy graduated in May 2017. Before joining the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office, General Smith worked as a domestic violence prosecutor in Scott County. In spite of the unique challenges inherent in domestic violence cases, she enjoyed helping victims and educating the community about the prevalence of domestic violence.


Joanie Stewart has been a practicing attorney in Tennessee since 2002. Her legal career includes terms serving as a criminal defense and family law attorney, as well as the Interim Director of the Knoxville Family Justice Center. Joanie’s true passion lies in prosecution, and she has served as a prosecutor for the Major Crimes Unit, Child Abuse Unit, DUI Unit and Misdemeanor Unit.

Joanie has been a contributing member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, has been a frequent public speaker on the topic of Child Abuse, and has actively assisted in law enforcement training. Additionally, General Stewart served as a Co-Chair of the Knoxville Bar Association’s Unmet Legal Needs of Children Committee and currently serves on the Judicial Committee.

Joanie Stewart has been a practicing attorney in Tennessee since 2002. Her legal career includes terms serving as a criminal defense and family law attorney, as well as the Interim Director of the Knoxville Family Justice Center. Joanie’s true passion lies in prosecution, and she has served as a prosecutor for the Major Crimes Unit, Child Abuse Unit, DUI Unit and Misdemeanor Unit.

Joanie has been a contributing member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, has been a frequent public speaker on the topic of Child Abuse, and has actively assisted in law enforcement training. Additionally, General Stewart served as a Co-Chair of the Knoxville Bar Association’s Unmet Legal Needs of Children Committee and currently serves on the Judicial Committee.


Assistant DA Kevin Teeters graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Summa Cum Laude) and from the University of Tennessee College of Law with his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree (Cum Laude) in 2006 and was thereafter immediately hired at the DA’s Office. His prior career was as an Assistant Golf Professional at Holston Hills Country Club, but his passion for golf has not waned since joining the legal profession. General Teeters says he loves work because everyday is a little different and he is always motivated to work: “Not once in my entire ADA career have I dreaded going into the office. It is not just a job to me.”

Assistant DA Kevin Teeters graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Summa Cum Laude) and from the University of Tennessee College of Law with his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree (Cum Laude) in 2006 and was thereafter immediately hired at the DA’s Office. His prior career was as an Assistant Golf Professional at Holston Hills Country Club, but his passion for golf has not waned since joining the legal profession. General Teeters says he loves work because everyday is a little different and he is always motivated to work: “Not once in my entire ADA career have I dreaded going into the office. It is not just a job to me.”


Jennifer Welch, an Assistant DA with our Office since graduating from law school in 1997, says that she decided to become a prosecutor after she read a non-fiction book about a famous prosecutor when she was 13 years old. She finds her work very fascinating and is inspired by the tireless Support Staff that she has worked with over the years. General Welch says that the highlight of her career has been watching what nuisance closures have meant to people whose streets and neighborhoods were being taken over by drug dealers and prostitution.

Jennifer Welch, an Assistant DA with our Office since graduating from law school in 1997, says that she decided to become a prosecutor after she read a non-fiction book about a famous prosecutor when she was 13 years old. She finds her work very fascinating and is inspired by the tireless Support Staff that she has worked with over the years. General Welch says that the highlight of her career has been watching what nuisance closures have meant to people whose streets and neighborhoods were being taken over by drug dealers and prostitution.


Assistant District Attorney General Joe Welker obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree with a Business Major and Political Science Minor from Wake Forest University. He then earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee. Prior to beginning his prosecutorial career, he worked at various places, including Duke Energy, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Baker Donelson, and the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill. General Welker is also licensed to practice law in Illinois. 

Noted as a highlight of his career thus far, he led the prosecution of 35-year-old Steven Steelman Jr. who was convicted of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide. Steelman, drunk on moonshine, caused a car crash that killed his son. In addition to his prosecutorial duties, General Welker has also been appointed as our Office’s Intern/Extern Coordinator. He enjoys coaching baseball with his co-workers and takes credit for starting our Office’s kickball team.

Assistant District Attorney General Joe Welker obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree with a Business Major and Political Science Minor from Wake Forest University. He then earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee. Prior to beginning his prosecutorial career, he worked at various places, including Duke Energy, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Baker Donelson, and the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill. General Welker is also licensed to practice law in Illinois. 

Noted as a highlight of his career thus far, he led the prosecution of 35-year-old Steven Steelman Jr. who was convicted of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide. Steelman, drunk on moonshine, caused a car crash that killed his son. In addition to his prosecutorial duties, General Welker has also been appointed as our Office’s Intern/Extern Coordinator. He enjoys coaching baseball with his co-workers and takes credit for starting our Office’s kickball team.


The Administrative Team of the District Attorney General’s Office facilitates and coordinates the Office’s budget, human resources needs, procurement of office equipment and supplies, overall victim/witness services, information technology training and needs, online media information and community affairs programs.

Victim/Witness Coordinator: Patty J. Boardwine

Victim/Witness Coordinator Patty J. Boardwine joined the Office in 2006 after a career with several agencies assisting victims of domestic violence and sex crimes. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and immersed herself in a life-long dedication to helping victims. Ms. Boardwine first worked with the Sexual Assault Center of Knoxville for eleven years, during which time she also graduated from the University of Maryland’s National Victim Assistance Academy. She then worked with the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for two years. Prior to her employment with the Office, she worked for six years with the Avalon Center: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program.
Victim/Witness Coordinator Patty J. Boardwine joined the Office in 2006 after a career with several agencies assisting victims of domestic violence and sex crimes. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and immersed herself in a life-long dedication to helping victims. Ms. Boardwine first worked with the Sexual Assault Center of Knoxville for eleven years, during which time she also graduated from the University of Maryland’s National Victim Assistance Academy. She then worked with the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for two years. Prior to her employment with the Office, she worked for six years with the Avalon Center: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program.


Information Systems: Ken Hoffmeister

Before joining our Office, Ken Hoffmeister worked as a patent and trademark attorney for 20 years at several local and national patent law firms. In 2016, he opened his own general practice where he continued practicing patent and trademark law, as well as adding in criminal defense and some general civil work. Much of his legal career also included managing information technology systems in a law practice. After learning about the opportunity at the DA’s Office to help modernize its information technology systems, Mr. Hoffmeister decided this was the perfect opportunity for a career change. His position allows him to utilize his knowledge of and experience with computers and the challenges faced by law offices. He enjoys finding ways to make his co-workers’ jobs easier though technology and improving the overall efficiency of the Office. Mr. Hoffmeister earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Before joining our Office, Ken Hoffmeister worked as a patent and trademark attorney for 20 years at several local and national patent law firms. In 2016, he opened his own general practice where he continued practicing patent and trademark law, as well as adding in criminal defense and some general civil work. Much of his legal career also included managing information technology systems in a law practice. After learning about the opportunity at the DA’s Office to help modernize its information technology systems, Mr. Hoffmeister decided this was the perfect opportunity for a career change. His position allows him to utilize his knowledge of and experience with computers and the challenges faced by law offices. He enjoys finding ways to make his co-workers’ jobs easier though technology and improving the overall efficiency of the Office. Mr. Hoffmeister earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law.



Executive Assistant to the District Attorney General: Jackie R. Myers

Jackie Myers serves as District Attorney General Charme P. Allen’s executive assistant. She joined the office in 1988 and has served in numerous roles including Criminal Court Division Legal Secretary, Victim/Witness Coordinator for the Sex Offense Unit and Violence Crimes Unit, Grand Jury Coordinator, and Community Affairs Coordinator. In addition to her office duties, she served on the East Tennessee Victims’ Rights Task Force as a board member and treasurer. She has also volunteered with several agencies that serve vulnerable youth including ChildHelp, Runaway Shelter, SafePlace and the Knox Adolescent Partners in Prevention Initiative. She also received the Volunteer Committee of the Year Award in 2015 with the Knoxville Area Urban League due to her work on the National Achievers Society Advisory Board. Jackie has committed her professional career to serving the citizens of Knox County and supporting the administration of justice for all.
Jackie Myers serves as District Attorney General Charme P. Allen’s executive assistant. She joined the office in 1988 and has served in numerous roles including Criminal Court Division Legal Secretary, Victim/Witness Coordinator for the Sex Offense Unit and Violence Crimes Unit, Grand Jury Coordinator, and Community Affairs Coordinator. In addition to her office duties, she served on the East Tennessee Victims’ Rights Task Force as a board member and treasurer. She has also volunteered with several agencies that serve vulnerable youth including ChildHelp, Runaway Shelter, SafePlace and the Knox Adolescent Partners in Prevention Initiative. She also received the Volunteer Committee of the Year Award in 2015 with the Knoxville Area Urban League due to her work on the National Achievers Society Advisory Board. Jackie has committed her professional career to serving the citizens of Knox County and supporting the administration of justice for all.


Administrative Officer: Debbie Oldakowski

Debbie Oldakowski joined the office in 2021 as the Administrative Officer. She was born and raised in northwest Pennsylvania where she was the Finance Director for the City of Meadville. She thoroughly enjoyed her tenure with the city where she lived most of her life. With her husband, she has two biological sons, two children adopted from Russia, and two children adopted through the foster care system.

Debbie Oldakowski joined the office in 2021 as the Administrative Officer. She was born and raised in northwest Pennsylvania where she was the Finance Director for the City of Meadville. She thoroughly enjoyed her tenure with the city where she lived most of her life. With her husband, she has two biological sons, two children adopted from Russia, and two children adopted through the foster care system.



Community Affairs Director: Emily M. Scheuneman

Emily M. Scheuneman joined our Office as Community Affairs Director in July 2017 after a prior career as the Community Relations Director for the Helen Ross McNabb Center. Ms. Scheuneman accepted this position with the DA’s Office to support our Office’s mission of pursuing justice and protecting our community. In overseeing the Community Affairs Unit, her unique skill set helps her serve as a bridge between the DA’s Office and the community. Ms. Scheuneman says that in addition to being inspired by her co-workers, she is also impressed by the leadership’s goal to be innovative in preventing crime in our community. Her prior commitment to our community includes raising millions of dollars to fund services for uninsured families, homeless veterans, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; she also was an integral part of the team who developed the Vivitrol pilot opioid drug treatment program, “A Shot at Life,” prior to coming to the DA’s Office, and looks forward to continuing the efforts and tracking and publicizing the program’s success.

Ms. Scheuneman is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Public Relations Major and Media Arts Minor, Magna Cum Laude. In January 2017, she was recognized as one of Knoxville’s Class of 2016 Top 40 under 40 by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal. In addition to her Accreditation in Public Relations, she has also received numerous awards from the Public Relations Society of America for media and community relations programs that she has developed and executed. She enjoys being with her family and friends, and likes to bake and practice yoga in her spare time.

Emily M. Scheuneman joined our Office as Community Affairs Director in July 2017 after a prior career as the Community Relations Director for the Helen Ross McNabb Center. Ms. Scheuneman accepted this position with the DA’s Office to support our Office’s mission of pursuing justice and protecting our community. In overseeing the Community Affairs Unit, her unique skill set helps her serve as a bridge between the DA’s Office and the community. Ms. Scheuneman says that in addition to being inspired by her co-workers, she is also impressed by the leadership’s goal to be innovative in preventing crime in our community. Her prior commitment to our community includes raising millions of dollars to fund services for uninsured families, homeless veterans, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; she also was an integral part of the team who developed the Vivitrol pilot opioid drug treatment program, “A Shot at Life,” prior to coming to the DA’s Office, and looks forward to continuing the efforts and tracking and publicizing the program’s success.

Ms. Scheuneman is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Public Relations Major and Media Arts Minor, Magna Cum Laude. In January 2017, she was recognized as one of Knoxville’s Class of 2016 Top 40 under 40 by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal. In addition to her Accreditation in Public Relations, she has also received numerous awards from the Public Relations Society of America for media and community relations programs that she has developed and executed. She enjoys being with her family and friends, and likes to bake and practice yoga in her spare time.



Network Administrator: Denise Webb

Denise Webb, our Network Administrator, has been with the DA’s Office since 1989 after working with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as an Information Specialist. A 70% reduction in workforce at TVA led to Ms. Webb’s long-term behind the scenes career with our Office where she says she loves helping people and accomplishes her work through self-motivation. Ms. Webb finds inspiration each day when she knows her work truly makes a difference in her co-workers’ ability to do their jobs. Ms. Webb is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Denise Webb, our Network Administrator, has been with the DA’s Office since 1989 after working with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as an Information Specialist. A 70% reduction in workforce at TVA led to Ms. Webb’s long-term behind the scenes career with our Office where she says she loves helping people and accomplishes her work through self-motivation. Ms. Webb finds inspiration each day when she knows her work truly makes a difference in her co-workers’ ability to do their jobs. Ms. Webb is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


The Investigative Team of the District Attorney General’s Office handles the Office’s fugitive from justice extraditions as well as a wide-range of law enforcement duties.

Chief Criminal Investigator: Gary D. Price

Chief Criminal Investigator Gary Price began his law enforcement career as an Officer with the Knoxville Police Department in 1981. During his decades-long career he worked in many assignments, including Patrol Officer, Investigator, Undercover Officer, all levels of supervision both in the Investigative and Patrol Divisions, and finally as Deputy Chief, first, of the Criminal Investigation Division and then, the Patrol Division. He also had various administrative assignments over the years. He says he was led to public service by a desire to help people and make a positive difference in society. Joining the Knox County DA’s Office has allowed him to continue making a positive impact.

Investigator Price says that his favorite part of his job is the opportunity to continue working with people in the criminal justice system and maintain contacts and relationships he has developed over the years. In pursuance of his education and law enforcement training, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Major in Political Science and Minors in English and Sociology. Additionally, he graduated from the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Administrative Officer’s Course, the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, and spent one year as a Leadership Fellow at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia assigned to their Leadership and Ethics Unit. He is also NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.;

Investigator Price’s highlights of his career include watching young officers mature and develop, having the opportunity to encourage and direct those officers, and encountering people from the community who tell him that he has made a positive difference in their life through some prior experience he has had with them.

Chief Criminal Investigator Gary Price began his law enforcement career as an Officer with the Knoxville Police Department in 1981. During his decades-long career he worked in many assignments, including Patrol Officer, Investigator, Undercover Officer, all levels of supervision both in the Investigative and Patrol Divisions, and finally as Deputy Chief, first, of the Criminal Investigation Division and then, the Patrol Division. He also had various administrative assignments over the years. He says he was led to public service by a desire to help people and make a positive difference in society. Joining the Knox County DA’s Office has allowed him to continue making a positive impact.

Investigator Price says that his favorite part of his job is the opportunity to continue working with people in the criminal justice system and maintain contacts and relationships he has developed over the years. In pursuance of his education and law enforcement training, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Major in Political Science and Minors in English and Sociology. Additionally, he graduated from the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Administrative Officer’s Course, the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, and spent one year as a Leadership Fellow at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia assigned to their Leadership and Ethics Unit. He is also NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.;

Investigator Price’s highlights of his career include watching young officers mature and develop, having the opportunity to encourage and direct those officers, and encountering people from the community who tell him that he has made a positive difference in their life through some prior experience he has had with them.



Criminal Investigator: Charlie T. Lee

Knoxville native, Charlie Lee, joined our Office in 2018 as a criminal investigator after serving as a police officer for more than 30 years. Prior to his current role, Lee served with the Knoxville Police Department as an investigator. His last assignment was in KPD’s Violent Crimes Unit in which he conducted investigations, coordinated with personnel from the District Attorney’s Office and provided court testimony. Through working closely with prosecutors, victim/witness coordinators and other support staff in the District Attorney’s Office, he became interested in serving as an investigator to further help people who have been victimized in our community. Before serving the Knoxville community, Lee served our nation as a police officer with the United States Secret Service in the Uniformed Division where he provided physical security for the White House Complex, Vice President’s Residence/Naval Observatory, and the Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Washington D.C. When the job gets tough or when a bad day comes while performing duties in law enforcement, Lee is quick to remember what victims have experienced in order to keep going and serving our community.

Knoxville native, Charlie Lee, joined our Office in 2018 as a criminal investigator after serving as a police officer for more than 30 years. Prior to his current role, Lee served with the Knoxville Police Department as an investigator. His last assignment was in KPD’s Violent Crimes Unit in which he conducted investigations, coordinated with personnel from the District Attorney’s Office and provided court testimony. Through working closely with prosecutors, victim/witness coordinators and other support staff in the District Attorney’s Office, he became interested in serving as an investigator to further help people who have been victimized in our community. Before serving the Knoxville community, Lee served our nation as a police officer with the United States Secret Service in the Uniformed Division where he provided physical security for the White House Complex, Vice President’s Residence/Naval Observatory, and the Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Washington D.C. When the job gets tough or when a bad day comes while performing duties in law enforcement, Lee is quick to remember what victims have experienced in order to keep going and serving our community.



Criminal Investigator: Gina D. Pierce

Criminal Investigator Gina Pierce joined our Office in 2016 after a distinguished career with the Knoxville Police Department (KPD), Criminal Investigations Division. She was a Certified Officer of the Meth Task Force as well as a Field Training Officer with KPD. A graduate of Roane State (Magna Cum Laude) with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science and Criminal Justice, as well as Tusculum College (Magna Cum Laude) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management, Investigator Pierce’s extensive background in criminal justice made her the perfect fit for our Investigative Team. She is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and says her approximately 20 years in law enforcement provided a clear picture of the impact of crime on every level from individuals or businesses, to families and the community.

She reflects, “When I stepped out as a young, inexperienced but eager Officer at KPD, my intention was to change the world, make it a better place, one person at a time. I felt my father’s influence and believed as he did: that treating people the way I wanted to be treated should always be the first approach, equally applied – victim or suspect. I care about people and still strive to positively affect a negative experience. I believe even the worst situations can be made better by the right person at the right time.”

In addition to a caring interaction with those affected by crime, Investigator Pierce is grateful that she represents the organization that will fight to uphold our laws and bring those responsible for violating them to justice. Investigator Pierce draws her inspiration at work from Investigator Gary Price, her mentor for over 15 years. She says she was blessed by his guidance at KPD and grateful to work with him here at the District Attorney’s Office as well. She states of Investigator Price, “He is an inspiration to all who know him and the epitome of my father’s teachings, to treat others as you would want to be treated. Gary Price embodies wisdom, compassion, and a drive that makes him not only a precious asset to public service, but also a light to others to draw from.” As a narcotics investigator for many years, Investigator Pierce reflects on countless stories where she knows her investigation or role was the crucial part of bringing those who hurt others to justice. However, she recognizes that “the judicial system is a great and complex puzzle where one’s part in such stories is only a piece. It is each piece placed carefully together that creates the accurate design and perfect picture. Should one piece not be placed exactly where and when it should, the puzzle would fail. From the initial report of a crime and the actions of the first responder, the careful collection of evidence, the precise documentation by the investigator, to the successful presentation of the facts by the prosecutor, my greatest stories represent this whole picture.”

Criminal Investigator Gina Pierce joined our Office in 2016 after a distinguished career with the Knoxville Police Department (KPD), Criminal Investigations Division. She was a Certified Officer of the Meth Task Force as well as a Field Training Officer with KPD. A graduate of Roane State (Magna Cum Laude) with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science and Criminal Justice, as well as Tusculum College (Magna Cum Laude) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management, Investigator Pierce’s extensive background in criminal justice made her the perfect fit for our Investigative Team. She is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and says her approximately 20 years in law enforcement provided a clear picture of the impact of crime on every level from individuals or businesses, to families and the community.

She reflects, “When I stepped out as a young, inexperienced but eager Officer at KPD, my intention was to change the world, make it a better place, one person at a time. I felt my father’s influence and believed as he did: that treating people the way I wanted to be treated should always be the first approach, equally applied – victim or suspect. I care about people and still strive to positively affect a negative experience. I believe even the worst situations can be made better by the right person at the right time.”

In addition to a caring interaction with those affected by crime, Investigator Pierce is grateful that she represents the organization that will fight to uphold our laws and bring those responsible for violating them to justice. Investigator Pierce draws her inspiration at work from Investigator Gary Price, her mentor for over 15 years. She says she was blessed by his guidance at KPD and grateful to work with him here at the District Attorney’s Office as well. She states of Investigator Price, “He is an inspiration to all who know him and the epitome of my father’s teachings, to treat others as you would want to be treated. Gary Price embodies wisdom, compassion, and a drive that makes him not only a precious asset to public service, but also a light to others to draw from.” As a narcotics investigator for many years, Investigator Pierce reflects on countless stories where she knows her investigation or role was the crucial part of bringing those who hurt others to justice. However, she recognizes that “the judicial system is a great and complex puzzle where one’s part in such stories is only a piece. It is each piece placed carefully together that creates the accurate design and perfect picture. Should one piece not be placed exactly where and when it should, the puzzle would fail. From the initial report of a crime and the actions of the first responder, the careful collection of evidence, the precise documentation by the investigator, to the successful presentation of the facts by the prosecutor, my greatest stories represent this whole picture.”


The Support Staff Team of the District Attorney General’s Office performs key functions throughout the office, including ongoing victim/witness contact and support, file and docket preparation, in court and out of court assistance to attorneys, preparation of information pleadings and indictments, facilitation of phone calls, and collaboration with the school system on truancy matters.

Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinators, Legal Secretaries, Receptionists, & Truancy Coordinator:

Kimberly S. Beckner joined the District Attorney General’s Office as a Legal Secretary in March 2009. She has 38 years of legal experience. She moved to Knoxville from Clintwood, Virginia to further her career in the legal field. In addition to the DA’s Office she has worked at Wimberly, Lawson & Seale; Kramer & Rayson; Frantz McConnell & Seymour; and Daniel & Oberman. In 2009, she decided to explore the prosecution side of the criminal justice system and has been dedicated to the Knox County District Attorney’s Office ever since. She currently assists the prosecutors in the 1st Sessions and 4th Sessions Courts and Expungement Screening, and also assists criminal investigators in warrant screening and processes worthless checks. Ms. Beckner is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and says she draws her inspiration from the work her husband does as an Officer with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Kimberly S. Beckner joined the District Attorney General’s Office as a Legal Secretary in March 2009. She has 38 years of legal experience. She moved to Knoxville from Clintwood, Virginia to further her career in the legal field. In addition to the DA’s Office she has worked at Wimberly, Lawson & Seale; Kramer & Rayson; Frantz McConnell & Seymour; and Daniel & Oberman. In 2009, she decided to explore the prosecution side of the criminal justice system and has been dedicated to the Knox County District Attorney’s Office ever since. She currently assists the prosecutors in the 1st Sessions and 4th Sessions Courts and Expungement Screening, and also assists criminal investigators in warrant screening and processes worthless checks. Ms. Beckner is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and says she draws her inspiration from the work her husband does as an Officer with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.


Sheri Burkett came to the DA’s Office in 2008, and has worked as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator ever since. Prior to joining our Staff, she worked in the corporate legal field for 15 years before starting her family, and then returned to work for Knox County Schools as an Intervention Aide until 2008. Ms. Burkett experienced personal tragedy when her sister was murdered in 1991, and recognizes that having been through the criminal justice process as a family member certainly took on a personal meaning for her. She says that her favorite part of her job is getting to work with families who have lost loved ones and helping them with their journey through the “system” – “I feel a special bond with them,” she notes. Her daily inspiration at work comes from Assistant DA TaKisha Fitzgerald, realizing how hard she works and her determination to seek justice for everyone.

Ms. Burkett states, “She is as vested in a theft case as she is in a homicide case while at the same time showing an incredible amount of kindness and compassion. Her passion inspires me everyday.” She has experienced many fascinating work-related stories and believes that compassion and patience are virtues for any Victim/Witness Coordinator.

Sheri Burkett came to the DA’s Office in 2008, and has worked as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator ever since. Prior to joining our Staff, she worked in the corporate legal field for 15 years before starting her family, and then returned to work for Knox County Schools as an Intervention Aide until 2008. Ms. Burkett experienced personal tragedy when her sister was murdered in 1991, and recognizes that having been through the criminal justice process as a family member certainly took on a personal meaning for her. She says that her favorite part of her job is getting to work with families who have lost loved ones and helping them with their journey through the “system” – “I feel a special bond with them,” she notes. Her daily inspiration at work comes from Assistant DA TaKisha Fitzgerald, realizing how hard she works and her determination to seek justice for everyone.

Ms. Burkett states, “She is as vested in a theft case as she is in a homicide case while at the same time showing an incredible amount of kindness and compassion. Her passion inspires me everyday.” She has experienced many fascinating work-related stories and believes that compassion and patience are virtues for any Victim/Witness Coordinator.


Michelle Carter joined the Office in 2018 and currently serves as the Felony Drug Unit Secretary. Previously, she was a legal coordinator for a mortgage company. Born and raised in Knoxville, she is a proud graduate of Halls High School. When she graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2001 with a political science degree she was 7 months pregnant with her youngest son. Michelle enjoys helping citizens of Knox County and her fellow team members through her role as a legal secretary and counts each day as successful if she is able to help at least one person.

Michelle Carter joined the Office in 2018 and currently serves as the Felony Drug Unit Secretary. Previously, she was a legal coordinator for a mortgage company. Born and raised in Knoxville, she is a proud graduate of Halls High School. When she graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2001 with a political science degree she was 7 months pregnant with her youngest son. Michelle enjoys helping citizens of Knox County and her fellow team members through her role as a legal secretary and counts each day as successful if she is able to help at least one person.


Connie Extine has been a member of our Staff since 2011, working a dual role as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator and Legal Secretary. She previously owned/operated a garden center in Loudon County, Tennessee and had prior employment in the legal field, but felt the DA’s Office would offer interesting work. Ms. Extine’s favorite part of her job is her interaction with victims and being able to help them during a most difficult event in their lives. She has a strong suit for empathy and intuition, crediting her life experiences in working with the public for those traits, and says she “feels inspired to know and work with so many dedicated, truly good people who believe in what they are doing and want to make a difference.” Her assignment in the White Collar Unit during the Knox County Trustee’s Office criminal probe has given her vast amounts of knowledge and experience in complex legal issues as addressed within a public office. Ms. Extine is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Connie Extine has been a member of our Staff since 2011, working a dual role as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator and Legal Secretary. She previously owned/operated a garden center in Loudon County, Tennessee and had prior employment in the legal field, but felt the DA’s Office would offer interesting work. Ms. Extine’s favorite part of her job is her interaction with victims and being able to help them during a most difficult event in their lives. She has a strong suit for empathy and intuition, crediting her life experiences in working with the public for those traits, and says she “feels inspired to know and work with so many dedicated, truly good people who believe in what they are doing and want to make a difference.” Her assignment in the White Collar Unit during the Knox County Trustee’s Office criminal probe has given her vast amounts of knowledge and experience in complex legal issues as addressed within a public office. Ms. Extine is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


Veronica Fay is an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator, having joined the DA’s Office in February 2017. She comes to us with many years of experience as an administrative assistant and office manager and says she is very pleased to have become a part of our team. Ms. Fay was an advocate for a domestic violence program for 5 years, working with women and children in shelter and court, and says she will always be an advocate for raising awareness on the serious issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. Ms. Fay has a passion for baking a variety of breads and is also an accomplished photographer who has had exhibits in both Tennessee and Virginia. Indeed, one of her photos was selected for the “Arts in the Airport” Spring 2017 Exhibition at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport!

Veronica Fay is an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator, having joined the DA’s Office in February 2017. She comes to us with many years of experience as an administrative assistant and office manager and says she is very pleased to have become a part of our team. Ms. Fay was an advocate for a domestic violence program for 5 years, working with women and children in shelter and court, and says she will always be an advocate for raising awareness on the serious issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. Ms. Fay has a passion for baking a variety of breads and is also an accomplished photographer who has had exhibits in both Tennessee and Virginia. Indeed, one of her photos was selected for the “Arts in the Airport” Spring 2017 Exhibition at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport!


After completing paralegal school in 1993, Susan Forbes began her first job by working at the Knox County DA’s Office as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator and Legal Secretary. She has a Paralegal Associates Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. She appreciates the time she previously spent working in the Child Abuse Unit and with victims of sex crimes, noting that that time was a favorite part of her job, but she is inspired every day at work by all victims of crime. Ms. Forbes is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

After completing paralegal school in 1993, Susan Forbes began her first job by working at the Knox County DA’s Office as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator and Legal Secretary. She has a Paralegal Associates Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. She appreciates the time she previously spent working in the Child Abuse Unit and with victims of sex crimes, noting that that time was a favorite part of her job, but she is inspired every day at work by all victims of crime. Ms. Forbes is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


Legal Secretary Saundra Franklin has worked with our Office since 2006 and is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. She began her career here as a clerk in 2006 to get experience in the legal field and says she loves the people with whom she works. Ms. Franklin is continually inspired by her co-workers and enjoys being a part of an organization that is helping victims and doing something positive for the community.

Legal Secretary Saundra Franklin has worked with our Office since 2006 and is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. She began her career here as a clerk in 2006 to get experience in the legal field and says she loves the people with whom she works. Ms. Franklin is continually inspired by her co-workers and enjoys being a part of an organization that is helping victims and doing something positive for the community.


Micah Gallagher joined the office as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator in 2021. She graduated from Columbia College in Missouri, earning her Bachelor of Science in Human Services. In her free time, she enjoys walks along the greenway, horseback riding, and true crime podcasts.

Micah Gallagher joined the office as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator in 2021. She graduated from Columbia College in Missouri, earning her Bachelor of Science in Human Services. In her free time, she enjoys walks along the greenway, horseback riding, and true crime podcasts.


Previously working as a Victim/Witness Coordinator for the Shelby County DA’s Office in Memphis, Tennessee, Heather Houbre always had an interest in helping victims and helping them better understand the criminal justice system. To persist in her passion of helping others, Ms. Houbre joined our Office as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator in 2011. Being in court is her favorite part of her job and she is motivated knowing that out of all of the victims that she helps, whether they are happy with her at the time or not, she knows that we have done our part to try and keep them safe. She says the countless attorneys and support staff who show up everyday to try to make a difference inspire her. Ms. Houbre has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and has completed the following training seminars: National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative in Phoenix, AZ.; Annual Training Conference of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference; and, Domestic Violence Advocate Training: Danger Assessment, Stalking, and Strangulation.

Previously working as a Victim/Witness Coordinator for the Shelby County DA’s Office in Memphis, Tennessee, Heather Houbre always had an interest in helping victims and helping them better understand the criminal justice system. To persist in her passion of helping others, Ms. Houbre joined our Office as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator in 2011. Being in court is her favorite part of her job and she is motivated knowing that out of all of the victims that she helps, whether they are happy with her at the time or not, she knows that we have done our part to try and keep them safe. She says the countless attorneys and support staff who show up everyday to try to make a difference inspire her. Ms. Houbre has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and has completed the following training seminars: National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative in Phoenix, AZ.; Annual Training Conference of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference; and, Domestic Violence Advocate Training: Danger Assessment, Stalking, and Strangulation.


Robin Jones, our Office’s Truancy Coordinator, has been on staff since 2000. Inspired by her own children, Ms. Jones feels it’s crucial to instill in children from a very young age the importance of education. As Truancy Coordinator, she loves the direct interaction she has with parents, grandparents, and guardians in the school system. Ms. Jones says she feels blessed to be able to do a job that she loves, and appreciates General Allen for placing her in a position where she can utilize her strengths. Along with being NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Ms. Jones received her Master’s Degree of Education in Mental Health Counseling in December 2016.

Robin Jones, our Office’s Truancy Coordinator, has been on staff since 2000. Inspired by her own children, Ms. Jones feels it’s crucial to instill in children from a very young age the importance of education. As Truancy Coordinator, she loves the direct interaction she has with parents, grandparents, and guardians in the school system. Ms. Jones says she feels blessed to be able to do a job that she loves, and appreciates General Allen for placing her in a position where she can utilize her strengths. Along with being NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Ms. Jones received her Master’s Degree of Education in Mental Health Counseling in December 2016.


Madison Keel joined the office in 2020 as a legal secretary in the Career Criminal/Gang Unit. She was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and moved to Knoxville after completing her bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies and English Writing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Madison enjoys knowing when she comes in to work each day that everything she does contributes to the protection and service of justice to the community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching true crime documentaries, and spending time with her two younger brothers.

Madison Keel joined the office in 2020 as a legal secretary in the Career Criminal/Gang Unit. She was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and moved to Knoxville after completing her bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies and English Writing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Madison enjoys knowing when she comes in to work each day that everything she does contributes to the protection and service of justice to the community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching true crime documentaries, and spending time with her two younger brothers.


Juanita Loope formerly served as the director of her family-owned childcare center and as a pre-school teacher for Head Start before coming to work at the DA’s Office in 2001 as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator. With her faith bringing inspiration to her each day, her favorite part of her job is being an advocate and providing support and encouragement for the victims of crimes, particularly those who are children. She says that she feels blessed to have experienced several incidents of bringing children comfort while also empowering them to be brave and able to tell their stories to the prosecutors pre-indictment and to a jury during trial, thus offering the children hope for recovery. Ms. Loope has received the following certifications: Child Development Associate (CDA) Certification, National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA) National Advocate Credential, and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Certification.

Juanita Loope formerly served as the director of her family-owned childcare center and as a pre-school teacher for Head Start before coming to work at the DA’s Office in 2001 as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator. With her faith bringing inspiration to her each day, her favorite part of her job is being an advocate and providing support and encouragement for the victims of crimes, particularly those who are children. She says that she feels blessed to have experienced several incidents of bringing children comfort while also empowering them to be brave and able to tell their stories to the prosecutors pre-indictment and to a jury during trial, thus offering the children hope for recovery. Ms. Loope has received the following certifications: Child Development Associate (CDA) Certification, National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA) National Advocate Credential, and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Certification.


Mary Loveless is a Knoxville native and is honored to serve her community through this office as a legal secretary. Prior to working in the District Attorney’s Office, she served with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office as a support services technician. In her downtime, Mary enjoys all things outdoors. She is happiest hiking through the Great Smoky Mountains or in the garden with her husband and dog.

Mary Loveless is a Knoxville native and is honored to serve her community through this office as a legal secretary. Prior to working in the District Attorney’s Office, she served with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office as a support services technician. In her downtime, Mary enjoys all things outdoors. She is happiest hiking through the Great Smoky Mountains or in the garden with her husband and dog.


In 1996 Legal Secretary Christy Lowe left her position of 6 years as a paralegal at the law firm of Arnett, Draper & Hagood to pursue a career in public service. She has an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies and has definitely found her niche in criminal law. Ms. Lowe says that her motivation at work comes from knowing that this Office is standing up for victims and their rights. She draws inspiration from her co-workers and truly feels satisfied at work “knowing that at the end of the day we are doing good things for our city and community.”

In 1996 Legal Secretary Christy Lowe left her position of 6 years as a paralegal at the law firm of Arnett, Draper & Hagood to pursue a career in public service. She has an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies and has definitely found her niche in criminal law. Ms. Lowe says that her motivation at work comes from knowing that this Office is standing up for victims and their rights. She draws inspiration from her co-workers and truly feels satisfied at work “knowing that at the end of the day we are doing good things for our city and community.”


Legal Secretary Phyllis Lowe has happily and loyally served the public and this Office since 1990. With past careers working with Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc. for 11 years and Independent Life Insurance Co. for 5 years, Ms. Lowe truly found her calling at the DA’s Office, or as she says, her “second home.” She is certified in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and has been acknowledged by Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. and former Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale for her service to the public through her work in this Office. Ms. Lowe says she is motivated by the people with whom she works each day, and finds it very rewarding to see the difference our Office makes, fighting for the rights of victims and their families.

Legal Secretary Phyllis Lowe has happily and loyally served the public and this Office since 1990. With past careers working with Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc. for 11 years and Independent Life Insurance Co. for 5 years, Ms. Lowe truly found her calling at the DA’s Office, or as she says, her “second home.” She is certified in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and has been acknowledged by Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. and former Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale for her service to the public through her work in this Office. Ms. Lowe says she is motivated by the people with whom she works each day, and finds it very rewarding to see the difference our Office makes, fighting for the rights of victims and their families.


Brenda McFarland, who carries a real estate license and was previously licensed as an insurance agent, began her career as a Legal Secretary in the DA’s Office in 1987 under former District Attorney General Ed Dossett’s administration. Ironically, she first interviewed with Ed’s wife Raynella for a secretarial position at Park West Hospital before landing at the DA’s Office. Ms. McFarland loves helping her co-workers with procedural questions and says that Retired Assistant DA Ron Lewis previously provided and Assistant DA Zane Scarlett currently provides inspiration to her for their never-ending patience and positive outlook through challenging situations. Ms. McFarland is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and plays a dual role as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator for our Office by assisting all victims and witnesses testifying before the Grand Jury.

Brenda McFarland, who carries a real estate license and was previously licensed as an insurance agent, began her career as a Legal Secretary in the DA’s Office in 1987 under former District Attorney General Ed Dossett’s administration. Ironically, she first interviewed with Ed’s wife Raynella for a secretarial position at Park West Hospital before landing at the DA’s Office. Ms. McFarland loves helping her co-workers with procedural questions and says that Retired Assistant DA Ron Lewis previously provided and Assistant DA Zane Scarlett currently provides inspiration to her for their never-ending patience and positive outlook through challenging situations. Ms. McFarland is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and plays a dual role as an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator for our Office by assisting all victims and witnesses testifying before the Grand Jury.


Erin Morrison has the dual role of Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator and Legal Secretary in the DA’s Office. A graduate of The University of Tennessee, she received her Masters Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology. Ms. Morrison joined our Office while in graduate school, originally as an assistant to one of our prosecutors in court, and then full-time in 2007 in her current position. She says her favorite part of her job is problem solving – figuring out what, or where, or how she can assist someone in getting the help that they need. Ms. Morrison states, “I think that the attorneys who work in the Child Abuse Unit inspire me, as they have to see and hear things that are incredibly difficult to comprehend and understand from the emotional aspect of life. The other members of Team Justice, such as law enforcement and the personnel at the Department of Children’s Services, also inspire me as well.”

Erin Morrison has the dual role of Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator and Legal Secretary in the DA’s Office. A graduate of The University of Tennessee, she received her Masters Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology. Ms. Morrison joined our Office while in graduate school, originally as an assistant to one of our prosecutors in court, and then full-time in 2007 in her current position. She says her favorite part of her job is problem solving – figuring out what, or where, or how she can assist someone in getting the help that they need. Ms. Morrison states, “I think that the attorneys who work in the Child Abuse Unit inspire me, as they have to see and hear things that are incredibly difficult to comprehend and understand from the emotional aspect of life. The other members of Team Justice, such as law enforcement and the personnel at the Department of Children’s Services, also inspire me as well.”


Kristi Nutter joined the Knox County DA’s Office as a Legal Secretary in 2012 after being the Legal Administrator for Egerton, McAfee, Armistead, & Davis P.C., Knoxville for 20 years. She came to our Office seeking a position in the legal system that would offer her new challenges. Her favorite part of her job is seeing justice prevail, and she says she’s motivated at work everyday by her co-workers. Ms. Nutter says, “My co-workers are GREAT and the attorneys I work for are patient and instructive.” Ms. Nutter is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Kristi Nutter joined the Knox County DA’s Office as a Legal Secretary in 2012 after being the Legal Administrator for Egerton, McAfee, Armistead, & Davis P.C., Knoxville for 20 years. She came to our Office seeking a position in the legal system that would offer her new challenges. Her favorite part of her job is seeing justice prevail, and she says she’s motivated at work everyday by her co-workers. Ms. Nutter says, “My co-workers are GREAT and the attorneys I work for are patient and instructive.” Ms. Nutter is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


After working more than 27 years in the medical profession, Leigh Anne Owens joined our Office as a Legal Secretary. She is inspired by the compassion and strength shown by assistant district attorneys and victim witness coordinators as they work with victims of crime to seek justice. Ms. Owens enjoys learning about and interacting with the different aspects of the criminal justice system, and helping people along the way.

After working more than 27 years in the medical profession, Leigh Anne Owens joined our Office as a Legal Secretary. She is inspired by the compassion and strength shown by assistant district attorneys and victim witness coordinators as they work with victims of crime to seek justice. Ms. Owens enjoys learning about and interacting with the different aspects of the criminal justice system, and helping people along the way.


Since graduating from college in 1990, Becky Simpson has been a Legal Secretary in the DA’s Office. She has always had a passion for helping people, and felt her calling was in criminal justice. Ms. Simpson goes above and beyond the call of duty every day helping people in Juvenile Court, and does what she can to help kids in the system turn their lives around for the better. She hopes these kids take advantage of their opportunities for help from the Juvenile Court system before they commit a serious offense that results in them being transferred as an adult for prosecution in Criminal Court.

Since graduating from college in 1990, Becky Simpson has been a Legal Secretary in the DA’s Office. She has always had a passion for helping people, and felt her calling was in criminal justice. Ms. Simpson goes above and beyond the call of duty every day helping people in Juvenile Court, and does what she can to help kids in the system turn their lives around for the better. She hopes these kids take advantage of their opportunities for help from the Juvenile Court system before they commit a serious offense that results in them being transferred as an adult for prosecution in Criminal Court.


Kaitlyn Smith joined the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office in 2020 as an office receptionist. In 2014, Kaitlin moved to East Tennessee from Oregon with her husband and two daughters. Before joining the office, she was as an administrative assistant at a local church. She takes joy in organizing all things, from files to houses. In her free time, she also enjoys playing board games with her family, taking vacations to the beach, and serving the community through her church.

Kaitlyn Smith joined the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office in 2020 as an office receptionist. In 2014, Kaitlin moved to East Tennessee from Oregon with her husband and two daughters. Before joining the office, she was as an administrative assistant at a local church. She takes joy in organizing all things, from files to houses. In her free time, she also enjoys playing board games with her family, taking vacations to the beach, and serving the community through her church.


Tracee Smith has been an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator in the DA’s Office since 2000 after having previously worked as the Children’s Program Director for Haven House Domestic Violence Shelter. She joined our Staff to be able to give victims a voice, emphasizing that her favorite part of her job is working with victims. Ms. Smith, who is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, is motivated everyday to make a difference in our community, and says that the highlight of her career thus far has been her work on drug overdose cases. To help remind the community about the tragic loss of life as a result of drug overdoses, each Christmas season Ms. Smith displays an “Overdose Memorial Tree” outside of our Office.

Tracee Smith has been an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator in the DA’s Office since 2000 after having previously worked as the Children’s Program Director for Haven House Domestic Violence Shelter. She joined our Staff to be able to give victims a voice, emphasizing that her favorite part of her job is working with victims. Ms. Smith, who is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, is motivated everyday to make a difference in our community, and says that the highlight of her career thus far has been her work on drug overdose cases. To help remind the community about the tragic loss of life as a result of drug overdoses, each Christmas season Ms. Smith displays an “Overdose Memorial Tree” outside of our Office.


Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator Kara Sowards received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. For her first job after college, Ms. Sowards joined our Staff in 2011 after losing her best friend to a violent crime. She says she loves being in court and her co-workers inspire and motivate her.

Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator Kara Sowards received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. For her first job after college, Ms. Sowards joined our Staff in 2011 after losing her best friend to a violent crime. She says she loves being in court and her co-workers inspire and motivate her.


Marsha Sparks has been a member of the DA’s Office since 2002 after a prior 3-year position with the United States Attorney’s Office in their Asset Forfeiture Department. She previously worked with defense attorney John P. Valliant, Jr. as a Secretary/Office Manager from 1990-1993 and following that job she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom from 1993-1999. Ms. Sparks says her favorite part of her job at our Office is interacting with other people and her terrific co-workers. She is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and, in addition to her friendly disposition, is proficient at multi-tasking in her dual roles as one of our Receptionists and as a Legal Secretary.

Marsha Sparks has been a member of the DA’s Office since 2002 after a prior 3-year position with the United States Attorney’s Office in their Asset Forfeiture Department. She previously worked with defense attorney John P. Valliant, Jr. as a Secretary/Office Manager from 1990-1993 and following that job she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom from 1993-1999. Ms. Sparks says her favorite part of her job at our Office is interacting with other people and her terrific co-workers. She is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and, in addition to her friendly disposition, is proficient at multi-tasking in her dual roles as one of our Receptionists and as a Legal Secretary.


Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator and Legal Secretary Jennifer Stout was previously employed as an Office Manager at The Children’s Center of Knoxville, a local non-profit childcare center funded by the United Way, before she joined the DA’s Office in 2009. She has always been interested in the legal field and, after watching a jury trial in Criminal Court, decided to apply for a position here. Early in her career here, she worked daily in a General Sessions courtroom as an assistant to one of the prosecutors, which reinforced the idea that her job varies each day and is not “routine.” Indeed, one time she appeared on National Geographic for a television reality show entitled “Snake Salvation” about a snake-handling preacher our Office prosecuted!

On a more serious note, Ms. Stout feels inspired each day knowing that she is assisting in the prosecution of those who are driving under the influence, as she herself experienced personal tragedy when a drunk driver killed her grandfather. In addition to her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies, Ms. Stout is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator and Legal Secretary Jennifer Stout was previously employed as an Office Manager at The Children’s Center of Knoxville, a local non-profit childcare center funded by the United Way, before she joined the DA’s Office in 2009. She has always been interested in the legal field and, after watching a jury trial in Criminal Court, decided to apply for a position here. Early in her career here, she worked daily in a General Sessions courtroom as an assistant to one of the prosecutors, which reinforced the idea that her job varies each day and is not “routine.” Indeed, one time she appeared on National Geographic for a television reality show entitled “Snake Salvation” about a snake-handling preacher our Office prosecuted!

On a more serious note, Ms. Stout feels inspired each day knowing that she is assisting in the prosecution of those who are driving under the influence, as she herself experienced personal tragedy when a drunk driver killed her grandfather. In addition to her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies, Ms. Stout is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


Kim Strike has been an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator in our Office since 2003 after working in the Knox County Public Defender’s Office for six years. Since joining our Staff, Ms. Strike finds herself frequently becoming attached to the families of murder victims and other victims during this most difficult time of their lives.

Kim Strike has been an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator in our Office since 2003 after working in the Knox County Public Defender’s Office for six years. Since joining our Staff, Ms. Strike finds herself frequently becoming attached to the families of murder victims and other victims during this most difficult time of their lives.


Cindy Vanosdale has been an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator in our Office since 2008. Prior to joining our team, she was a Victim Advocate with the Knoxville Police Department and YWCA, working at the Family Justice Center. Certified by the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), Ms. Vanosdale also utilizes her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies when assisting her co-workers in trial. Her passion for the law and court procedures has helped her gain a better understanding of the needs of victims, which in turn has allowed her to make the court experience more bearable for victims in unfortunate and often tragic situations. Ms. Vanosdale says that her job is so rewarding because of her involvement in helping victims, and she feels so very blessed and honored to be able to serve those who have been devastated by crime.

Cindy Vanosdale has been an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator in our Office since 2008. Prior to joining our team, she was a Victim Advocate with the Knoxville Police Department and YWCA, working at the Family Justice Center. Certified by the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), Ms. Vanosdale also utilizes her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies when assisting her co-workers in trial. Her passion for the law and court procedures has helped her gain a better understanding of the needs of victims, which in turn has allowed her to make the court experience more bearable for victims in unfortunate and often tragic situations. Ms. Vanosdale says that her job is so rewarding because of her involvement in helping victims, and she feels so very blessed and honored to be able to serve those who have been devastated by crime.


Lauren Ward joined the DA’s Office as a Receptionist and Legal Secretary in May 2017 after a prior 5-year Law Clerk position with criminal defense firm Hindman & Lanzon. She received her Bachelor of History Degree from the University of Tennessee in 2016 and joined our Office with the intention of helping victims and viewing the criminal justice system from a different perspective. Ms. Ward says that her favorite part of her job is learning about the details involved in cases since no two cases are the same. She loves communicating with people and helping them find answers to their questions. Her co-workers and law enforcement officers motivate her daily, and she is inspired by the impact our Office makes in the community. In fascinating news, Ms. Ward shares that she had the opportunity to assist in a murder case in Union County that will air on Investigation Discovery’s “Fear Thy Neighbor” TV show in 2018.

Lauren Ward joined the DA’s Office as a Receptionist and Legal Secretary in May 2017 after a prior 5-year Law Clerk position with criminal defense firm Hindman & Lanzon. She received her Bachelor of History Degree from the University of Tennessee in 2016 and joined our Office with the intention of helping victims and viewing the criminal justice system from a different perspective. Ms. Ward says that her favorite part of her job is learning about the details involved in cases since no two cases are the same. She loves communicating with people and helping them find answers to their questions. Her co-workers and law enforcement officers motivate her daily, and she is inspired by the impact our Office makes in the community. In fascinating news, Ms. Ward shares that she had the opportunity to assist in a murder case in Union County that will air on Investigation Discovery’s “Fear Thy Neighbor” TV show in 2018.


Connie Watts joined our Office in 2005 as a Legal Secretary. In addition to previously owning her own transcription service, Ms. Watt’s legal background includes working in the Appellate Division of the Oakland County, Michigan Prosecutor’s Office during Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s assisted-suicide cases. As a member of our Staff, she is certified through the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to process National Crime Information Center (NCIC) inquiries.

Connie Watts joined our Office in 2005 as a Legal Secretary. In addition to previously owning her own transcription service, Ms. Watt’s legal background includes working in the Appellate Division of the Oakland County, Michigan Prosecutor’s Office during Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s assisted-suicide cases. As a member of our Staff, she is certified through the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to process National Crime Information Center (NCIC) inquiries.


Brittney Wilhelmson joined Team Justice in 2022 as an assistant victim/witness coordinator and legal secretary. Following in her grandfather’s footsteps, she is committed to supporting community safety and helping victims of crime. Before coming to the District Attorney’s Office, Brittney served with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office as a records clerk. Brittney is a Knoxville native and enjoys spending her time outside of work with her family and watching the Atlanta Braves play as much as possible.

Brittney Wilhelmson joined Team Justice in 2022 as an assistant victim/witness coordinator and legal secretary. Following in her grandfather’s footsteps, she is committed to supporting community safety and helping victims of crime. Before coming to the District Attorney’s Office, Brittney served with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office as a records clerk. Brittney is a Knoxville native and enjoys spending her time outside of work with her family and watching the Atlanta Braves play as much as possible.


Cathleen Wilson joined the office in 2021. Since 2014, Cathleen gained experience working in the Magistrate’s office and the Criminal Courts. Cathleen’s hobbies include baking, crafting, gardening, as well as traveling. She has made several trips to Belize to assist with bringing school supplies and clothing to children. She is the middle child of a family of nine children and enjoys family gatherings and holidays.

Cathleen Wilson joined the office in 2021. Since 2014, Cathleen gained experience working in the Magistrate’s office and the Criminal Courts. Cathleen’s hobbies include baking, crafting, gardening, as well as traveling. She has made several trips to Belize to assist with bringing school supplies and clothing to children. She is the middle child of a family of nine children and enjoys family gatherings and holidays.


Kelly Wilson joined the DA’s Office as a Legal Secretary in 2014, and now serves as a Victim/Witness Coordinator in the Felony Drug Unit. Previously in her career, she worked as an Administrative Secretary in the Finance Department of the Knox County Schools Central Office, as a Firefighter/EMT for the City of Knoxville Fire Department, and as the Secretary/Receptionist in Administration at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. She distinguished herself by being voted as the Class President of her graduating class in the Knoxville Fire Department Fire Academy. Ms. Wilson grew up in a family of police officers, which has led to her passion for working in the public service sector. She says General Charme Allen inspires her because she is the first female District Attorney General in Knox County. Ms. Wilson is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Kelly Wilson joined the DA’s Office as a Legal Secretary in 2014, and now serves as a Victim/Witness Coordinator in the Felony Drug Unit. Previously in her career, she worked as an Administrative Secretary in the Finance Department of the Knox County Schools Central Office, as a Firefighter/EMT for the City of Knoxville Fire Department, and as the Secretary/Receptionist in Administration at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. She distinguished herself by being voted as the Class President of her graduating class in the Knoxville Fire Department Fire Academy. Ms. Wilson grew up in a family of police officers, which has led to her passion for working in the public service sector. She says General Charme Allen inspires her because she is the first female District Attorney General in Knox County. Ms. Wilson is NCIC (National Crime Information Center) Certified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


Marilyn Wilson became an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator in our Office in 2000 after having a career as a case manager specialist and job readiness coach at the Department of Human Services in Knoxville. She gives credit to her co-worker, Ms. Clarissa Gass, who helped her become interested in working here, and says her favorite part of her job is when the jury returns a verdict of guilt. For the past 10 years, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) has certified Ms. Wilson as a Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist.

Marilyn Wilson became an Assistant Victim/Witness Coordinator in our Office in 2000 after having a career as a case manager specialist and job readiness coach at the Department of Human Services in Knoxville. She gives credit to her co-worker, Ms. Clarissa Gass, who helped her become interested in working here, and says her favorite part of her job is when the jury returns a verdict of guilt. For the past 10 years, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) has certified Ms. Wilson as a Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist.