VOL. 124 | NO. 65 | Friday, April 3, 2009
TBI Searches Oakland Mayor’s Home
By Andy Meek
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant March 24 at the home of Oakland Mayor Bill Mullins, the agency has revealed.
The TBI did so at the request of 25th Judicial District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, but spokeswoman Kristin Helm said she could not go into details about what, if anything, was found or taken.
The search appears to be related to a flap last year in Oakland involving a police dog that supposedly died in 2004. A Fayette County grand jury indicted former Oakland police chief Bob Tisdale and two officers for falsifying the dog’s death and collecting on a $5,000 insurance policy for the town. The TBI was involved in investigating that case.
“I can tell you that (the March search warrant) stemmed from some things that were found during that (earlier) investigation,” Helm said.
In other words, it’s not an extension of the matter about the dog, but the search warrant is an outgrowth of it.
When reached Thursday morning, Mullins said he could not address the issue but had done nothing wrong.
“I can’t tell you anything,” he said. “I’ve got an attorney, and he told me not to say nothing to anybody. The only thing I will tell you is I’m not guilty of anything, and that’s it. And I won’t have no trouble proving it.”