Sheriff, DA issue statement on Graham
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Sep 25, 2012 | 2082 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a joint statement issued Monday by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and the 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office, officials explained how the judicial system works after some members of the community questioned why a Tennessee State trooper and his family were charged in the death of his grandchild.

Kydalynn Robinson reportedly found a loaded .45 caliber handgun at her home and accidentally shot herself May 30.

Veteran trooper Lt. Tommie Graham, 57, was charged with criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment. His wife, Deborah Louise Graham, 56, was charged with reckless endangerment and their daughter and the mother of Kydalynn Robinson, Jennifer Haylee Graham, 23 was charged with reckless endangerment. Another daughter, Elizabeth Hayden Graham, 25, was also charged with reckless endangerment, according to reports.

The statement read: “On May 30, the granddaughter of Tommie Graham suffered a fatal gunshot wound. Kydalynn Jade Louise Robinson was a three year old-child. Every death by any weapon is investigated by law enforcement. After the investigation is finished often cases are submitted to the grand jury for their review. While all of us regret the suffering of those who loved Kydalynn, we respect the findings of twelve Bradley County citizens who returned an indictment.

“It is now the duty of the District Attorney to evaluate this case and in conjunction with the BCSO, search for justice.

“We have faith in the justice system and people of Bradley County and trust the best interest of all is properly served,” according to the statement.

BCSO Chief Deputy Wayne Bird said it is difficult when any member of the law enforcement community is involved.

“This is the proper way to handle these types of situations,” said Bird.

“In the field of criminal justice, we have a sorrow when a fellow officer is the victim or the accused. We go forward in a professional way and let a grand jury find the facts in the matter. The decision is made by the peers of the community,” Bird said.