A former sheriff on trial for allegedly breaking the law spoke out on the witness stand Wednesday.
That was one of several new developments in the trial of former Unicoi County sheriff Kent Harris.
As of Wednesday night, his fate was in the hands of a jury.
With the prosecution already at rest on day three, it was the defense's turn to lay out their case for the jury. Although defendants have a constitutional right not to say one thing during a trial,. Kent Harris took to the stand to answer questions revolving around a deal involving cars, dogs and $4,500.
"I did not steal one thing from Unicoi County," Harris said while on the stand.
It's the message the former sheriff spent hours trying to convey to the jury, walking them, under oath, through his relationship with Tom and Lynn Colbaugh and a business transaction involving three untrained bloodhounds and two cars.
"I told Mr. Colbaugh and Lynn that if they would sell the cars to the county for $4,500, I would put $1,000 of my own money with it and we would get [the dog] trained."
Harris testified that once the $4,500 made its way back to him, he immediately put it in a safe in an envelope marked "bloodhound fund."
His former in-home nurse Ira Ellis stated that's what he saw three years later when Harris took the money out to pay for the dogs to go to a rescue.
Prosecutors later questioned why Harris controlled the dog money himself without going through the county and why his testimony doesn't match that of the Colbaughs:
"I have to feel sorry for them. I can't understand it. I just don't understand how all this stuff got [mixed up], it doesn't make any sense to me," he said.
Now the jury will have to sort out the details and decide if Harris did something wrong.
Fourteen jurors have heard all the testimony in this case. The verdict will only come from 12 of them as two have been selected as alternates.
As to when they will have a verdict, that's only for them to decide.