Hawkins County

Couple pleads guilty to faking miscarriage

HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. - A Hawkins County couple has pleaded guilty to faking a miscarriage and collecting donations.

Officials with the District Attorney's office say Courtney Ladawn Murrell and Irvin Henry Murrell both pleaded guilty to creating a false impression of death and theft.

The Assistant District Attorney tells us Courtney faked a miscarriage and collected donations to pay for funeral expenses. We covered the story in April 2013; click here to read more.

We're also told Irvin collected donations from co-workers and received bereavement pay from his employer.

Courtney Murrell was sentenced to 30 days in jail, along with fines and probation.

Irvin Murrell was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay fines.

According to the DA's office, Courtney says her husband never knew about the fake pregnancy and miscarriage.

We're told all of the donated money was paid back.

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