Ex-sheriff, chief deputy's charges dismissed

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Visiting Judge Joe Clayton dismissed all remaining charges against former Wood County Sheriff James Brown and his chief deputy Miles Tucker Friday afternoon in 402nd District Court.

The judge said he could not find anyone to try the case, after checking with surrounding counties and the Texas Attorney General's office.

He also acknowlegded that special prosecutor Joe Shearin was not being paid the rest of what he claims is owed for working on the case.

The cases stem from and incident in 2015, and the pair was indicted in 2017.

Charges included abuse of official capacity, official oppresion and aggravated perjury.

Some of Brown's charges were previously dismissed Dec. 31. Brown left office at the end of 2016 after his reelection bid was unsuccessful.

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