Jury selection to begin in Blount County Circuit Court for Grambling rape trial
By J.J. Kindred | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jury selection is scheduled to begin this morning in Blount County Circuit Court for the trial of a Maryville man charged in the statutory rape of a 15-year-old family member in August 2011.
Thearon Antino Grambling, 45, Stone Tree Drive, was charged with incest and statutory rape by an authority figure after the family member reported he had raped her on the morning of Aug. 6, 2011.
According to a Blount County Sheriff’s Office report, the family member said the two of them had been at Grambling’s residence drinking beer and smoking marijuana until about 3 a.m.
She told police she went into a bedroom to sleep and Grambling followed her, pushed her to the floor and raped her. She said Grambling then left and she went to sleep, according to the report. When the family member woke up, the report said, she took a shower before walking to a neighbor’s house to call 911. The victim was reportedly placed in the care of the Children’s Advocacy Center.
After an investigation, on Dec. 6, 2011, authorities with the Sheriff’s Office went to Grambling’s residence and served a warrant for his arrest, and he was taken into custody without incident.
Grambling was indicted by a Blount County grand jury in May 2012.
Judge Tammy Harrington will preside over the trial, with Blount County Assistant District Attorney Clinton Frazier representing the prosecution, and Public Defender Mack Garner representing Grambling.