“We went back and reviewed (surveillance) footage and confirmed it was him,” Ashe said.
Ashe said the video footage reportedly showed Askew taking the badge from the plaque and then “showing it off” to a female friend who accompanied him to the court that day.
Askew was arrested Friday night and was charged with vandalism and theft of property on Tuesday morning. He made bail on Tuesday and was released from the Wilson County Jail.
In 2003, Musice was struck and killed by a vehicle being pursued by officers on Interstate 40, a chase that had already gone from Maryville through Knoxville, Tennessee.
Musice and Sgt. Jerry Mundy of the Mt. Juliet Police Department were killed when the vehicle struck them on the interstate as they attempted to lay down stop sticks near Exit 226 (Mt. Juliet Road).
Fallon Tallent, the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed the two officers, is serving a life sentence for the crime.
“It’s an emotional issue for us,” Ashe said. “The victims here are the citizens of Wilson County. This man (Musice) gave his life defending the citizens of Wilson County. It was a low-life act.”
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