Local Judge Accused of Verbal Assault

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Rutherford County General Sessions Court Judge Larry Brandon has been accused of threatening a 16-year old. The incident was said to have unfolded at Jr’s Foodland, according to a Murfreesboro Police report filed on Friday.

Brandon was apparently checking out when the grocery bagger noticed two items in the shopping bags. When the 16-year old mentioned the items to both Brandon and the clerk, thinking they hadn't been scanned, the judge allegedly threatened the boy, suggesting that he would cut him if he removed the items.

A worker at the store told WGNS the situation was captured on video, but there is no sound, only video. Officials indicate the video shows the judge did not place the two small items in his grocery box without paying for them.


It is not known if Brandon picked the items up when he entered the store or if the items were already in the bags from a previous shopping trip as the bags belonged to Brandon.

After checking out, the victim says Brandon asked him "what's your name?" When the victim asked why, he reports Brandon said if I cut you and you die and I go to jail, I got your name. Brandon then reportedly left the store. The police report does state that no knife was ever pulled out or was seen by the juvenile victim.


The father of the victim stated to Officer Terry Spence, who wrote the report, that he wanted to take out a warrant. Jr's Foodland owner Andy Haynes told the officer that Brandon is banned from his store, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Detectives are also interrogating a cashier who allegedly was close enough to the Judge Brandon and the grocery bagger to possibly have heard something. The district attorney is also looking at evidence.

There has been no arrest and the case is still open as the Murfreesboro Police Department conducts an investigation into the verbal assault allegations.

Murfreesboro Police Department Incident Report 14-5656

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