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Indictment handed down in Cooksey's 1969 death

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Ashe said Page was booked into the Wilson County Jail and bond was set at $5,000. “I expect he will make bond and his hearing date will be (Friday) July 23, 2010 in the Criminal Court of Wilson County.”

The Sheriff said he expects there will be additional testimony and evidence presented to the grand jury involving other individuals as well as Page at a later date.

The investigation into Cooksey’s was reopened last year by Ashe after persistent rumors and questions from the young man’s family. Charles “Butch” Ragland Cooksey Jr. was found dead in the road 5 miles north of Lebanon on June 14, 1969, in the early hours of the morning. His death was ruled as a hit-and-run.

Cooksey’s remains were exhumed in October 2009 and were sent to the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Paleontology Department and Dr. Lee Jantz who performed an autopsy. No autopsy was done on Cooksey in ’69.

Based on new evidence as a result of the investigation and the autopsy, Ashe told The Wilson Post in December ’09 that he is now certain that Cooksey was murdered.

Ashe said Wednesday that the Tennessee Highway Patrol has been involved in the investigation along with the Sheriff’s Department, and a number of inconsistencies have been made in statements that have been given. Some individuals have been given polygraphs, and Ashe said he believes they have told the truth, but there have been inconstancies between their statements and those allegedly of Page.

The sheriff said that no further information will be released at this time.

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