“PARTNERS IN CRIME”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 2, 2018) — On July 17, 2010, 60-year-old businessman, Loudon County, TN Deputy Sheriff and Republican Elections Commissioner Jim Miller was assassinated by gunshots to the head, placed in the trunk of his car, then driven to Sands Road in Sweetwater, where it was set on fire.
At the time, Bill Bivens was finishing his first four-year term as Monroe County sheriff and seeking reelection, which he achieved in August 2010. At the same time, Robert S. Mueller III was in his ninth year of a ten-year term as director of the FBI.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel on November 10 that year, Miller “left the election commission office in Madisonville shortly after noon July 17, apparently to head home. Early that evening, a deputy in a rural section of the county sighted Miller’s car, engulfed in flames. Miller had been shot in the head three times and his body was burned beyond recognition.”
In early January 2011, Jessica Kennedy Powers was reportedly arrested “on murder charges” after the Monroe County Grand Jury issued one or more indictments relating to Miller’s demise, according to a press release attributed to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).
On November 19, 2010, Monroe County resident and retired Navy LCDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, who was an inmate in the Monroe County jail at the time, reported that Powers had been arrested in September for her possible role in the Miller murder. “This hasn’t been reported before,” Fitzpatrick told The Post & Email via telephone from the jail that evening. “Her arrest is not yet reported anywhere publicly. This investigation is being kept very, very tight.”
Fitzpatrick immediately associated Powers’s name with that of one Brandon Steele in keeping with the information he was provided. He also told us:
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department has no business being part of this investigation. The FBI should be doing it. The TBI, those guys…there’s something really wrong here about this. This arrest should have been announced locally when it happened, and it wasn’t. As I said, you have the first alert. And people are looking at this case real hard, and all that the government is doing is being real secretive.
In 2011, Fitzpatrick identified three individuals to the FBI who he said “rock-solid” sources inside the Monroe County Jail informed him were intimately involved with Miller’s murder: Steele, Boonie Stokes and Ricky Helton. Fitzpatrick had obtained the information from an inmate, Rick Crawley, who had requested that Fitzpatrick not divulge it until after the inmate knew whether or not the FBI would choose to interview him about it.
As the inmate was never contacted by the FBI, Fitzpatrick was given permission through a third party to take it to law enforcement if he wished.
In 2012, Powers was found guilty of “facilitating murder” in the Miller case but not of committing it, with which she had originally been charged. Any “other persons” who might have been investigated for having possibly played a role in the murder have never been charged.
During Powers’s trial, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported:
In several statements to investigators, Kennedy said she believed members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department were involved in Miller’s death and specifically mentioned Detective Mike Morgan and Sheriff Bill Bivens.
Fitzpatrick has long maintained that Miller was killed in “a government hit.” While many articles from a number of Tennessee media outlets on the subject have been removed from the web over time, the News Sentinel reported in January 2013 that Boonie Stokes and Brandon Steele were taken into custody the month before on drug-related charges, after which The Post & Email published its own article titled, “Men Named by Fitzpatrick as Accomplices in Miller Murder Arrested on Federal Charges.”
An article in the local Democrat & Advocate dated July 13, 2015, nearly five years after Miller was murdered, reported that “The case is still open and investigators say progress is being made.” However, almost three years later, no one else has been charged.
Long before the Miller murder occurred, Fitzpatrick began reporting on his discovery in September 2009 that grand jury foremen in Monroe County and throughout the state of Tennessee are handpicked from outside of the jury pool by the criminal court judge and permitted to occupy the court-created position for as long as the judge wishes.
“Jury-tampering” and other corrupt practices have been reported by other Monroe County citizens and their relatives in addition to police brutality and widespread cronyism among local and state law enforcement entities.
Fitzpatrick’s indictment, Bill of Particulars and trial were riddled with constitutional violations following his attempts to call out then-McMinn County grand jury foreman Jeffrey L. Cunningham, an attorney who is also CEO and President of the Athens Federal Community Bank. As with his grand jury predecessors, Cunningham was hand-picked by then-McMinn Criminal Court Judge Amy Armstrong Reedy and reappointed before resigning in early March 2014.
The current grand jury foreman, Larry Wallace, is a former McMinn County Sheriff and Chattanooga police chief who was reappointed by McMinn’s newest criminal court judge, Sandra Donaghy. During her campaign to oust Reedy, Donna he had pledged to “follow the law” in regard to the grand jury and all other matters when queried by this writer.
When Fitzpatrick approach the McMinn County grand jury last July, Wallace appropriately recused himself, but the three-member grand jury panel showed itself to be just as corrupt as the grand jury had been under Cunningham. Fitzpatrick’s documentation on local corruption was ultimately placed “under seal” by Donaghy on the pretext that it would protect him from defamation.
After discovering corruption in the Monroe County grand jury and greater judicial system, Fitzpatrick approached Madisonville Police Chief Gregg Breedon, the TBI, the FBI, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in an attempt to bring attention to subjectiveness of the selection of the grand jury foreman given his judicial appointment and unlimited terms of service. Fitzpatrick’s efforts were met with nonchalance and rudeness on the part of law enforcement and virtual silence on the part of the local citizenry.
On April 1, 2010, having exhausted what he saw as all other options, Fitzpatrick attempted a citizen’s arrest on the grand jury foreman, Gary Pettway, while the grand jury was in session in the main courthouse in Madisonville. Fitzpatrick was almost immediately arrested and jailed for five days. Two days after his release, Fitzpatrick visited the Knoxville FBI to describe the civil rights violations taking place as a result of the hand-picked grand jury foreman but was told by a special agent that he would have to learn to “live with it.”
As a result of his April 1, 2010 arrest, Fitzpatrick was scheduled for an arraignment hearing on April 20. Without any evidence, a number of ideological opponents communicated invented threats to Madisonville Mayor Allan Watson, claiming that Fitzpatrick and Navy veteran Darren Wesley Huff of Georgia planned to “take over the courthouse” using bombs, firearms and “militia groups,” none of which was borne out that day according to multiple eyewitnesses.
On April 19, Monroe County Jail inmates were tasked with setting up pole cameras in the area of the courthouse, and two FBI agents visited Huff at his home, where they questioned him about his plans for the following day. Openly admitting that he planned to attend Fitzpatrick’s hearing and bring his legally-owned firearms, Huff told the agents that he intended no violence and would not use his firearm unless fired upon first. According to Huff, the agents did not attempt to dissuade him from traveling to Madisonville the following morning.
As Fitzpatrick and The Post & Email has reported over the years, contrary to mainstream media reports, no one was seen in town carrying a gun that day; no arrests were made; law enforcement was unable to name anyone who behaved suspiciously; and, ultimately last Friday, a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy on duty that day on the second floor of the main courthouse recalled to Fitzpatrick in a casual conversation that “nothing happened” but that the call-up of more than 150 law enforcers from the FBI, TBI, Tennessee Highway Patrol, seven County Sheriff’s departments, and local police amounted to an exercise that was “good for training.”
As it turned out, as a Loudon County deputy sheriff, Miller was placed on duty in Madisonville that day and was also an eyewitness to the fact that “nothing happened” despite the enormous police presence, which included a SWAT team and snipers on the roof of the courthouse.
Fitzpatrick has long termed the non-event “The Madisonville Hoax” attributable to Mueller, Bivens, and all other public servants who participated in the staging of a costly police assemblage without any justification. Conversely, Fitzpatrick and likely millions of other Americans are questioning why the FBI did not act upon credible reports that the February 14, 2018 shooter at a Parkland, FL high school who murdered 17 individuals received no follow-up from the “premier law enforcement agency” in the country.
Despite many eyewitnesses’ knowledge, including Bivens and Miller, that neither Huff nor any other individual carried out a crime on April 20, 2010, Huff was arrested ten days later on the basis of a sworn FBI affidavit which quoted second-hand alleged information from unnamed law enforcement sources; incorrectly identify the name of the county; misstated Huff’s whereabouts while in town that day; and without evidence, furthered the tail that Fitzpatrick and Huff had conspired to commit violence on the day of Fitzpatrick’s hearing.
Huff was consequently charged with two federal firearms violations for which he faced trial in November 2011 at which Bivens and Pettway testified. The jury acquitted Huff on one charge and was “hung” on the other, after which U.S. District Court Judge Thomas A. Varlan instructed them to “try again.”
Their further deliberations resulted in a conviction on the charge of “carrying a firearm in interstate commerce with the intent to use it in a civil disorder” a federal statute never invoked before, as the FBI bragged in a May 22, 2012 podcast titled “GOTCHA.”
Huff spent three and one-half years in federal prison.
After having been voted out of office in 2014, Bivens sought reelection to his former position in a 2016 special election and is again seeking the office for the August election this year, a fact Fitzpatrick discovered last Friday.
On Monday, expounding on his conversation with Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy R. Moses in which the deputy recollected that “nothing happened” on the day of “The Madisonville Hoax,” Fitzpatrick told The Post & Email:
With Bill Bivens having the temerity to run for office right now, new life is breathed into the Jim Miller murder. At the same time, people are calling for the resignation of Sheriff Scott Israel in Broward County because of all the things he failed to do. People are looking at law enforcement now in a way that they haven’t before.
We pay taxes for law enforcement to protect us, but instead, they’re attacking us citizens who are railing against those who are failing to protect us.
The grand jury is supposed to protect us but has been taken over by the government to go against us. I tried to go to a grand jury in July and, as you know, Judge Donaghy and District Attorney General Steven Crump intervened.
Darren Huff is still walking aroudn with a federal conviction on his back. Bill Bivens knows that Darren is innocent, but instead of coming forward, he is holding the information that he has secret. He’s concealing material facts that would clear Darren Huff.
Bivens is connected to criminal conduct for what he did to Darren Huff. The first organization that was connected to Jim Miller’s death was the MCSO, and specifically, Capt. Kenny Hope. That was tossed out, and Capt. White could not tell me now who has the lead on Jim Miller’s murder investigation.
Capt. Kenny Hope’s name was briefly raised as a person of interest in the case. Capt. Mike Morgan’s name also came up. Morgan disappeared soon after.
When Jim Miller left town that day, he knew it was all a hoax.
Bivens has no business standing for election; he needs to go to prison. Instead of a man like Bivens going to prison, I’ve been sent to prison, and so has Darren. They’re having innocent people locked up because we know how the government has been acting against us.
They’ve also weaponized the grand jury, but you don’t hear about that. When you start to look into that, you find it is an unalterable fact that in 1919, the state stopped using the grand jury system and started rigging the grand jury system so that a criminal court judge could control what is going on with the grand jury.
The grand jury system in Tennessee has been weaponized against us, and anybody who talks about it is getting stopped. It was declared unconstitutional in 1979 and again in 1984, but they’re still doing it. They’re locking people up with weaponized grand juries — people who complain about the government.
Jim Miller was an elections official. Jim Miller was a cop.
Jim Miller knew about all I attempted to accomplish in 2009. Jim Miller knew about Tennessee’s grand jury racket.
Jim Miller knew all about dirty cop Bill Bivens.
Jim Miller was a trained sheriff’s deputy throughout this entire period.
Then, Loudon County Sheriff Guider called Miller to duty resulting from Robert Mueller’s, falsely declared police emergency in Madisonville, Tennessee on 20 April 2010.
Afterwards, Jim Miller knew about the Mueller/Bivens partnership. He knew about their hoax.
Jim Miller and Bill Bivens are partners in crime.
So, when Jim Miller was perceived as a threat to expose all Miller knew, lots of people wanted Jim Miller dead.
Jim Miller’s assassination was carried in a very public way, in most dramatic fashion. The purpose was to send a message to anyone watching.
Officers from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, including Bill Bivens, were immediately connected to Miller’s brutal assassination.
Jim Miller was an elections official, and Jim Miller was a cop. When he walked away, he knew what Deputy R. Moses knew.
The autopsy report was only partially released.
They have Jessica Kennedy Powers locked up at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary.
Another person who might have had information on Jim Miller’s assassination was Shawn Michael Corn, who was found hanging from a tree.
The police know who killed Jim Miller. A competent investigative agency could get these guys to cave in with the speed of heat. A good prosecutor could ask Bivens, “What can you tell us that happened on the 20th of April, Mr. Bivens?” If he is caught lying about anything – which he already did, under oath – then it could come out that Miller was killed because of what he knew about that day. I was there, and I am a witness, and I have the list of witnesses.
Bivens was Robert Mueller’s partner in crime. The Bill Bivens connection to the Jim Miller murder is common knowledge.
That’s what we’re on to! That’s what we’re dealing with!
As a result of his conversation with Deputy Moses on Friday, Fitzpatrick told us:
Deputy Moses was on the second deck (second floor).
The windows Moses pointed to are next to the tree, above and to the left of, in front of the front of the red car, left side from your vantage point.
The person taking the picture above was standing in directly in front of Donna’s Cafe, on the sidewalk.
The parking lot of the R. Beecher Witt “trailer park” Courthouse, just two blocks away, is clearly visible, without binoculars, from the many windows on the left side of the main Courthouse.
Rest assured more Deputies were on the second floor with Moses, as it afforded an outstanding view.
Expectant court-watchers were either in front of the trailer park construction, or inside or in front of Donna’s Cafe.
And Deputy Moses saw nothing untoward!!
The point here is that Deputy Moses, one of our “star” witnesses to the day’s episode, was perfectly positioned to see everything, with the other armed police on the second deck.
Again: Moses saw nothing!!
When I was walking around getting names of people in the Monroe County sheriff’s office who were there in 2010, I got them, but the sources all said, “You didn’t get these from me.”
This can resurrect the Jim Miller case from its cold case status right now, and it involves someone who’s accused of being involved in the murder who is running for sheriff!
I reported this to the FBI in 2011. Mueller walked away from my report, but Mueller and Bivens were taking calls from outsiders who they did not vet, who they could not ask about their former military service, resulting in The Madisonville Hoax.
Look at what happened to Seth Rich.
Editor’s Note: As of approximately midnight on Thursday, new information on the mysterious July 2016 murder of former DNC employee Seth Rich was published by several sources and will be covered here in the immediate future.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.