TBI Informant Defends Millington Mayor

The “confidential informant” who appeared to be the pivotal witness against Millington Mayor Richard Hodges lashed out Monday against a TBI investigation, saying Hodges is guilty only of gambling in friendly poker games at a local repair shop.
More from the Commercial Appeal account:
The witness, Transmission Doctors owner Marlin Roberts, said Hodges never used his office to solicit bribes or threaten him for money, crimes suggested in a TBI affidavit filed on Friday.
“I love Richard and he is family to me,” Roberts said. “I want Richard Hodges to be vindicated of all charges.”
As of Monday evening, Hodges had neither been charged nor indicted. But Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents laid out a case against him in an affidavit released Friday supporting search warrants for raids on July 27.
“There are truly two questions that you should be seeking the answers for,” Roberts told reporters beckoned to his shop. “Why, hours before I was to appear before the grand jury for questioning, would it be canceled? And why would the TBI ever release the information and whereabouts of a confidential informant?”

See also the Memphis Daily News, which ties the mayor’s difficulties into a ‘brief but volatile’ feud with the local police chief.
Soon after (Chief Ray) Douglas was appointed, Hodges talked openly of Douglas having to adapt to policing in a small town. To Hodges, that meant being less formal and less by the book.
One of the stories he told was of arguing with Douglas about whether a patrol car at a block party had to keep its engine running at all times. Hodges didn’t think so. But the argument ended with him ordering Douglas to have the officer leave the car sitting in the road with its engine and flashing lights turned off.

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