Suspect Arrested in Bomb Threat Against Rutherford County Juvenile Courts

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A man accused of calling in a bomb threat in December to the Rutherford County Juvenile Court to avoid a child support hearing now faces a General Sessions Court hearing May 21.

Suspect James David Smith, 31, of Shelbyville, was charged with felony filing a false report after he was tracked through cellular phone records to an associate, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Todd Sparks said Tuesday.

Smith allegedly called in the threat Dec. 18, 2012 to the Juvenile Court Clerk’s office, resulting in the evacuation of the clerk’s office, Juvenile Court proceedings and youths held in Juvenile Detention.


“He had a case on the docket that day in court,” Lt. Sparks said. “It didn’t appear to be any specific threat to anyone in the building. This was simply a case of trying to avoid court.”

After tracking the phone records, Lt. Sparks interviewed Smith, who is an inmate at the Bedford County Jail. Lt. Sparks obtained an arrest warrant on Smith in February and the warrant was served on Smith recently.


Rutherford County Sheriffs Office evacuated the building. The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Bomb Squad checked the building. Other agencies responding included the Tennessee State Bomb and Arson unit, Murfreesboro Police and Fire departments and Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency and the Special Operations Response Team.



Lisa Marchesoni

Public information officer

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office

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