Grand jury indicts man on aggravated riot charge

A Jefferson City man who marred a May 20 racial-justice demonstration in Morristown with alleged violence was indicted by a Hamblen County grand jury on Monday for aggravated riot, felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment and misdemeanor assault and driving on a suspended license.

The three felonies for which William Cade Black, 22, Overlook Drive, was indicted are punishable by up to two years in state prison.

During the demonstration, Black allegedly punched a man named Nathan Allen, knocking him unconscious and dropping him to the pavement. Shortly thereafter, Black led law enforcement officials on a high-speed chase on West Andrew Johnson Highway that was terminated because officers feared Black could cause a serious crash.

Black, who was also indicted for driving on a suspended license, was taken into custody in Arkansas and returned to Hamblen County.

Also Monday, the grand jury indicted Dennis Deborde, 59, for aggravated kidnapping and domestic assault in connection with an April 13 incident involving a woman named Leanne Gosa. When deputies arrived at their shared Silver City Road residence, they found handcuffs on one of her wrists, along with numerous cuts and bruises on her body, according to Deputy Jonathan Sabetta.

Gosa reported that Deborde had restrained her. The evidence collected at the residence includes duct tape-wrapped clothing and hair attached to duct tape, according to Sabetta.

A man classified as a violent sex offender, 48-year-old Lester Ray Ramsey Jr., was indicted for violation of the sexual registry offender act and violation of lifetime supervision. Ramsey was convicted of aggravated sexual battery – an offense which normally involves a victim under age 13 – in 1998 and sexual battery in 2007, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Billy Jack Hurd, 33, allegedly was holding felony amounts of heroin, meth and valium when he was arrested by Morristown Police Department narcotics detectives in October 2019. The grand jury also indicted Hurd for violation of the drug-free school zone act, delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mostly through texts with a narcotics detective, Hurd arranged to trade 1.6 pounds of hemp, which is physically indistinguishable from marijuana, for a Nissan 300, police said at the time.

The others indicted by a Hamblen County grand jury include:

Stanley Lamar Cherry, 35, felony possession of Ecstasy, meth and cocaine, two counts felony possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of the window-tint law.

Connie Sue Stephens, 24, felony possession of meth, simple possession of fentanyl, Suboxone and marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dallas Wayne Shepard, 32, and Kaylee Dell Taylor, 31, felony possession meth, marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jessica Nicole Ball, 39, felony possession of meth and Suboxone and introducing contraband into a penal institution.

Michelle R. Torres, 50, felony possession of meth and Suboxone.

Lance Allen Helton, 34, felony possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and failure to exercise due care.

Jennifer Null, 37, theft under $1,000 and felony possession of meth.

Jason Smith, 45, felony possession of meth.

David Dale, 46, DUI.

Karen L. Parker, 48, DUI.

Lisa Ann Carter, 58, forgery and theft under $1,000.

Shana Lynn Combs Carter, 39, forgery.

Abigail J. Turkett, 35, theft under $1,000.

Shawn Curtis Wilson, 32, theft under $1,000.

Dillon L. Lichlyter, 33, public intoxication.