DYERSBURG, Tenn. — A Dyersburg attorney was arrested along with another man after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said they tried to extort a man for $25,000.
Kelly Law Firm attorney Charles Sam Kelly Jr. and Mark Morgan allegedly threatened to go to police with damaging information about the victim’s family if he didn’t pay them off.
Thursday, agents set up a meeting between the suspects and the victim at a Dyersburg shopping plaza. Authorities say both men were arrested and charged with extortion after they left the meeting with the money.
“He was not that kind of man,” said a woman who identified herself as Morgan’s mother.
“So don’t tell me that [expletive] ‘cause that ain’t nothing but a bunch of [expletive],” she said.
WREG wasn’t able to locate Kelly to get his side of the story. It turns out his firm is closed on Fridays and has no listed email addresses.
In addition to extortion, Kelly was also charged with resisting arrest because law enforcement say he pulled away from them while they were trying to take him into custody.
The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility said Kelly hasn’t previously been disciplined by the board and said Thursday’s arrest wouldn’t impact his ability to practice law.
His bond was set at $3,500.