Thursday, June 6, 2024

David Swift Murder Trial: Jury in Dresden TN Decides David Swift Not Guilty of 1st or 2nd Degree Murder Not Guilty Attempted Murder, Told You So

UPDATE June 6th 2024, David Swift Murder Trial: Jury in Dresden TN Decides David Swift Not Guilty of 1st or 2nd Degree Murder Not Guilty Attempted Murder, TOLD YOU SO. The jury can not come to a conclusion on all the other bogus charges filed against David Swift so the Judge is calling a mistrial. I doubt that Darrell Sells of Dyersburg TN is happy about this outcome. 

David Swift was indicted on a charge of pre-meditated first-degree murder in 2022, 11 years after his wife, Karen Swift, disappeared on October 30th, 2011. Dyer County D.A. Goodman put on a 'Gossip' trial and failed miserably in trying to convict David Swift from Dyersburg TN in murder of wife Karen Swift.

May 28th, 2024 Prosecutor Goodman claims in his opening statement Tuesday, that David Swift on the morning of Oct 30th, 2011 went into the bedroom where his wife was sleeping in their home, stripped her down to her panties and then dragged her to their garage where David Swift put Karen Swift down on the concrete floor and stomped on Karen Swift's head with such force that he cracked her skull in two places, there would have been blood spatter everywhere. NEVER HAPPENED!

I, Private investigator Bill Warner, was on CNN Headline News Jane Velez-Mitchell's show GONE on December 12th, 2011 talking about the unsolved murder of Karen Swift whose body was found the day before on Dec 11, 2011 in Dyersburg TN, see VIDEO. At this time on Dec 12, 2011, I further stated my suspicion that sex offender rapist Terry Britt was very possibly involved in the abduction and murder of Karen Swift in Dyersburg TN.

David Swift then, on the morning of Oct 30th, 2011, supposedly put the lifeless, naked body of Karen Swift (blood all over her head) into her car and drove her to Bledsoe Cemetery and placed her in some kudzu weeds where she was found 40 days later. David Swift Murder Trial: DA Goodman Questioned Reporter Mike Smith As To Who Was the Private Investigator David Swift Hired Back in 2014 and Why? Not Guilty of murder June 6 2024, David Swift had a legal right to hire a private investigator back in 2014 to look into the then unsolved murder of his wife Karen Swift as the Sheriff Dept had not found a suspect or even a person of interest by 2014.

David Swift not guilty at trial June 6 2024, his D-Day, so who killed Karen Swift, Context Of Things. see https://thecontextofthings.com/2015/01/12/karen-johnson-swift-case/ via @tedbauer2003.

photo credit Bridge Law Corporation.
Prosecutor Goodman prefaced his damming statement about David Swift stomping on the head of Karen Swift by admitting there was no trace of DNA or Blood or Fluids belonging to Karen Swift found in, or, on the concrete floor of the garage and no DNA or Blood or any Body Fluids were found in her car that was supposedly used to transport her lifeless body to Bledsoe cemetery, just gossip. DA Goodman also admitted he had no murder weapon,no true crime scene and no eyeball witness to any of the things he claims David Swift did on the morning of Oct 11, 2011, just gossip. WOW talk about an oxymoron type of opening statement from the DA. He killed her, crushed her skull, she was naked but No Blood or DNA or Body Fluids were found on the concrete floor of the garage or in Karen Swift's car and nobody saw anything? This would have been two extremely messy crimes to clean up (garage and car). Newsflash for Mr. DA, when humans die from severe head trauma such as a crushed skull, there is massive blood loss and body fluids (urine) will leak out. Clear fluid (cerebrospinal fluid) will also leak from your nose or ears. And there was no trace of any of blood or body fluids or DNA found in the Swift's garage or Swift's car after at least 3 search warrants executed by law enforcement including TBI. So why are we here at this Kangaroo Court Spectacle in Dresden TN based on local gossip?

David Swift murder trial Wednesday May 29: Witness; Shannon Lee Dyersburg TN. Question; was Karen Swift topless in the hot tub, Answer; I don't recall, I can't recall, but in a DCSO statement Nov 3 2011-2012 she said Karen was? Busted. Nine witnesses took the stand, including Brian and Shannon Lee, Terry McCreight, chief detective for the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office [DCSO], the Swifts’ neighbor John Hogshooter, TBI Special Agent Carla Rexing, THP Sgt. Jason Goslee, Trooper Jason Page, DCSO Retired Sgt. Heath Walker, and former DCSO deputy Brandon Alexander and almost everyone can't recall? Two articles of evidence submitted to the jury during McCreight’s three-hour-long testimony included DCSO recorded interviews where David Swift spoke with deputies about the night of Karen Swift’s disappearance. The footage captured David Swift’s testimony to deputies of his late wife’s social activities, portraying her as a woman who engaged in risky behavior--excessive drinking and risky sexual innuendos, namely while in the company of the Bonas--Cathy and Bill--both of whom were reportedly close friends with Karen Swift. In the recordings, David Swift discussed a party allegedly at the Bonas where he found Karen Swift naked in bed with Cathy Bona. He also provided testimony that his wife had shared a hot tub in the nude with others who were attending the party. 

Who is the older man with white hair that sits in the same spot of the gallery everyday of the David Swift murder trail, just confirmed that Darrell Sells is the white haired man sitting in the gallery the blonde haired woman to his left appears to be his private eye Chastity Brandon. During Brian Lee’s testimony at the David Swift murder trail, he said he recalled the night of the hot tub party, however, the couples present were not nude but in their underwear. He described Karen as a nice person. During the testimony of his wife, Shannon Lee, she said Karen Swift appeared to be a good person and a good mother. When asked about the hot tub party, Lee said she "did not recall" anyone wearing only their underwear in the hot tub, however, in a statement she made to DCSO law enforcement Nov 3rd 2011-12, Shannon Lee stated couples were in their underwear in the hot tub. Noted by Defense Attorney Daniel Taylor, Shannon Lee stated that Karen Swift had taken off her bra and thrown it during the night in question. Shannon Lee says that while she cannot dispute her recollection of the events from that time, she does not have those recollections now. Wow, kangaroo court is now in session, amnesia victim after amnesia victim on the stand. Shannon Lee, another amnesia victim on the witness stand, I don't recall, I can't recall, I don't remember, they were all coached very well by the DA's office. All the witnesses swore an oath to tell the truth, if found lying they could be charged with perjury hence the answers by almost all witnesses at this Kangaroo Court Spectacle in Dresden TN, "I don't recall, I can't recall, I don't remember", LOL!

Day 3 David Swift murder trail Dresden TN. May 30th, 2024 up on the witness stand came the bizarre Cathy Bona a supposed good friend of murdered Karen Swift. Cathy Bona and her husband Bill have a hot tub at their house in Dyersburg TN, she is the the hot tub queen where Karen Swift was found to be naked by her husband David Swift several times. Cathy Bona is an Andie Macdowell wanna be right out of the Netflix movie 'The Maid'. Cathy Bona had all of Ms MacDowell's erratic, manic, bizarre movements from 'The Maid' movie down-pat. I'm big fan of Andie Macdowell's work but not the Cathy Bona show. 

On November 10th, 2011 Cathy Bona in Dyersbirg TN claimed she did not know what to make of missing Karen Swift during an interview with TV station WMCTV. Cathy Bona Studied Psychology at UT Martin and Studied Psychology at University of Memphis, it shows, she lives in Dyersburg, TN. Cathy Bona testified for DA Goodman against defendant David Swift. Cathy Bona put on quite a Golden Globe award winning show making faces and playing to the cameras in the Weakley County court room, kinda looking foolish, she ain't no Andie MacDowell.

DCSO footage captured David Swift’s testimony to deputies of his late wife’s social activities, portraying her as a person who engaged in risky behavior--excessive drinking and risky sexual innuendos, namely while in the company of the Bonas--Cathy and Bill--both of whom were reportedly close friends with Karen Swift. In the recordings, David Swift discussed a party allegedly at the Bonas where he found Karen Swift naked in bed with Cathy Bona. He also provided testimony that his wife had shared a hot tub in the nude with others who were attending the hot tub party. 

Prosecutor DA Goodman claims in his opening statement Tuesday, that David Swift on the morning of Oct 30th, 2011 went into the bedroom where his wife was sleeping in their home, stripped her down to her panties and then dragged her to their garage where David Swift put Karen Swift down on the concrete floor and stomped on Karen Swift's head with such force that he cracked her skull in two places, there would have been blood spatter everywhere. Medical examiner Dr. Marco Ross testified to a depressed skull fracture on the right side of her head, that he said killed Karen Swift in the David Swift murder trial, but said there was no way to determine the weapon. I suppose it could be from a hammer or a baseball bat or even from a possible pistol whipping as a weapon to cause a depressed skull fracture (bones forced into the brain). Dr. Marco Ross also testified there was no way to determine if she'd been sexually assaulted. An autopsy report provided to Court TV said Karen Swift died from “blunt force injury of the head”, depressed fracture to the temporal bone on the side of the head, the the hardest bone in the human body. DA Goodman claims David Swift stomped on the head of Karen Swift while she was lying on the concrete floor of their garage. BUT wouldn't they have been damage to both sides of Karen Swift's head and not just on the right side? The medical examiner testified Thursday May 30 in the David Swift murder trial, providing graphic details from Karen Swift's autopsy. The medical examiner stated that Karen Swift had a depressed fracture to the right side of her head that was the basic cause of death. He was unable to determine exactly what kind of weapon caused the head wound. Wounds were found on the right side of the head above the eye of Karen Swift. The human skull can withstand 6.5 GPa of pressure while oak holds up under 11 GPa. Frontal bone: this bone comprises the forehead and the upper orbit of the eye. It joins the parietal bones at the coronal suture. Two temporal bones: These bones are located at the sides and base of the skull, and they are the hardest bones in the body. A supposed murder weapon that caused the wound could be a hammer or a baseball bat or even from a possible pistol whipping. The killer of Karen Swift would have been most likely left handed if he used a weapon, David Swift is right handed.

Local 24 News obtained the autopsy from Burton Staggs, a journalist at the Tennessee River Valley News, a digital news organization in Wayne County. The 17-page autopsy revealed that Karen died from a hit to the front of her head, likely with a hammer. Killer appears to be left handed, as Karen Swift appears to have been facing killer when hit and blow went to right side of her head. There were no defensive wounds. Burton Staggs said the Tennessee State Medical Examiner’s Office sent Burton Staggs the autopsy report shortly after he requested it. “I look at it as we’re digging into this case to find the truth and to hopefully find justice for Karen Swift,” Burton Staggs said. “I hope it’ll keep this case in the public eye in the interest of justice.” The 17-page report shows Karen Swift died of blunt force trauma to the head after being hit, possibly with a hammer. Local 24’s Tish Clark left a message for the medical examiner to find out why supposed sealed autopsy results were sent to a journalist. Should Burton Staggs have been arrested for releasing the 17 page autopsy of murdered Karen Swift before anyone was arrested, he is not law enforcement. Why wasn't Burton Staggs, a journalist, arrested for revealing the autopsy report of Karen Swift while the murder investigation was ongoing?

Killer appears to be left handed, as Karen Swift appears to have been facing killer when hit and blow went to right side of her head on Oct 30th 2011. David Swift is right handed as seen taking notes during his murder trial in Weakley County TN during the last 4 days. If it don't fit you can't convict. DA Goodman seems to be under political pressure to move forward with David Swift case in 2024 at this real kangaroo court in Dresden TN. Since the trial began on Tuesday, May 28, 35 individuals have been called on to take the stand with almost all witnesses at this kangaroo court spectacle in Dresden TN replying to questions, "I don't recall, I can't recall, I don't remember", LOL!

May 31, 2024 David Swift murder trial Dresden TN Day 4; Two different reporters testified they interviewed David Swift in the years since his wife's murder and he told them he had hired a private investigator and discovered new facts but would not reveal what he had learned.

At a meeting in December 2014 in Arkansas David Swift told Mike Smith the former publisher for the Dyersburg State Gazette newspaper that he had hired a private investigator. So what? During testimony May 31st, 2024 Mike Smith the former publisher of State Gazette Newspaper in Dyersburg TN, he told DA Goodman that David Swift had hired a private investigator in 2014. NEWS Dyersburg State Gazett; David Swift breaks his silence Friday, October 31, 2014 story by MIKE SMITH, It was years ago when 44-year-old Karen Swift, mother of four, went missing. Though an extensive investigation immediately followed Swift's disappearance concerning her whereabouts, it was nearly six weeks later before her body was found near Bledsoe Cemetery in Dyer County. Karen Swift filed for divorce on Oct.10, three weeks prior to her disappearance, but continued to live at the residence with her husband, David Swift, on Willie Johnson Road until she disappeared. Though investigators with the Dyer County Sheriff's Office have spent the last three years gathering evidence, as of today no charges have been filed in the case. No suspects or persons of interest have been named, and the case is yet to be turned over to the district attorney in order for a decision to be made as to whether there is enough evidence to charge and prosecute someone involving Swift's murder. During the last three years, Swift's husband has remained silent concerning the circumstances surrounding his wife's death, until now.

Back on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, David Swift sat down with Mike Smith for an exclusive interview with the State Gazette, breaking his silence for the first time to tell about the private investigator that he had hired. David Swift said the years have been difficult ones to deal with for himself as well as for his four children concerning the unsolved murder of his wife Karen Swift. "It's been a living nightmare as far as how the last years have gone with everything that's happened," said Swift. "There hasn't been a lot of time for grieving because there are a lot of unanswered questions, and to be honest, it's been a very difficult time for my kids and also for myself." Swift said he didn't know why someone would want to harm his wife, but he, along with his attorney Steve Farese, have performed their own investigation to determine what may have happened to his wife. "I know law enforcement has their investigation, but my attorney and I have uncovered facts that aren't circumstantial that could have possibly led to her disappearance," said Swift. "Then again, it could have been something random that happened to her, but there are a lot of unanswered questions that need to be answered." Swift said since the initial days of the investigation, he felt like the eyes of law enforcement were focused squarely on him, something he understood was the norm in cases involving a murdered spouse. "That's a common tactic of law enforcement to always look at the spouse, and I was ok with that and I welcomed that," Swift added. "I provided anything and everything to law enforcement to help aid and assist in their investigation. They came to our house on several occasions to collect stuff and not one time did I ever refuse to let them do their job." see https://www.stategazette.com/story/2133593.html.

Maybe David Swift DIDN’T kill Karen Johnson Swift - The Context Of Things. see https://thecontextofthings.com/2015/01/12/karen-johnson-swift-case/ via @tedbauer2003

Mike Smith the former publisher of State Gazette Newspaper in Dyersburg TN published a very negative op-ed piece on David Swift in Oct 2020 and favorably spoke of an local individual who rumors had linked him to Karen Swift. Though district attorney Goodman has the case before him, in order to charge someone for the murder, there has to be enough evidence to present to the grand jury to obtain an indictment. Goodman and staff get one chance at this, so everyone should completely understand the delay in charging a suspect. As one of the only people to ever interview David Swift, the husband of Karen, it’s time to share a few thoughts regarding the case, without damaging the investigation in any way, shape, or form. Three years after the murder, David Swift agreed to sit down with me for an interview. I felt I was thoroughly prepared with a number of questions, so I traveled to Arkansas to meet him at a location he approved of for the interview. Prior to the interview, I had never met Swift. We had lunch and I began to ask questions, lots of them. The thing I was most interested in was the night Karen went missing, and it was something Swift did not want to discuss. To this day it is something I still don’t understand, and I’ll explain why. If it was my wife and I had nothing to do with it, I would have been at the sheriff’s office every day wanting to know the progress regarding my wife’s murder. Not just every now and then, but every single day Sheriff Jeff Box would have had to see my face and deal with me on the progress of the investigation. Understanding in most cases such as this the first one looked at is the husband, I would have done whatever necessary to rule myself out of the crime, again, if indeed I had nothing to do with it. I wouldn’t need a lawyer because I hadn’t done anything wrong. I would have agreed to take a polygraph or anything else law enforcement needed me to do to rule me out as a suspect, David Swift did not.


I was hired in 2014 to investigate the unsolved murder of Karen Swift in the small southern town of Dyersburg TN, and it has been 10 years of hell with late night calls and hangups, fake negative reviews of my PI business, threatening voice mails on by business cell phone and multiple death threats! Just a little background on Dyersburg TN in the early and late 20th century, Dyersburg in Dyer County TN was a hotbed of Klan activity with County sanctioned murders and lynchings. Topix/Dyersburg website was used to bash and intimidate anyone who spoke in any positive way of David Swift. "Dec 18, 2011 Topix/Dyersburg TN, Karen Swift Murder.... Topix in Dyersburg is a cesspool and possibly a means of tainting the jury pool". One thing I have learned in the last 10 years dealing with people living in Dyersburg, Dyer County TN is that one guy, and one guy only, pulls all the strings in Dyersburg. Money talks in Dyer County TN and law and order takes a back seat.

photo credit - Dyersburg State Gazette news/ Rachel Townsend.
DAY 4, May 31st, 2024 murder trail of David Swift Dresden TN. OMG! Tire Technology Expert Gary Bolden presented his, LOL, technical drawing of how the sheet metal screw got into the tire of the 2004 Nissan Murano SUV driven by murdered Karen Swift on Oct 30th, 2011. This was presented as evidence during the murder trail of her husband David Swift in backwoods Dresden TN. Looks like a doughnut shop sign pointing in the direction of the eats. LOL, You've got to be kidding me! 

Karen Swift's 2004 Nissan Murano SUV had P235/65R18 radial tires. The screw found in the tire of Karen Swift's car appears to be a rusty #10 pancake head metal-to-wood screw zinc plated. Pancake screws are distinguished by their round, low-profile heads, which make them the ideal choice for fastening panel clips to wood in barns, along with many other applications, like building carports or barns and working on roofing projects. All radial tires are self sealing to some extant they will seal around the shank of a screw or a nail, like in actual photo above from the tire that went flat on Karen Swift's car. Such a condition will result in a slow leak for days if not weeks. Nails and screws should be left in until you get the tire replaced, they act like a plug keeping the air in the tire.

Feb 2nd 2022, DYERSBURG, Tenn. (WMC) - SEARCH WARRANT SERVED NO MURDER WEAPON FOUND: The investigation of the 2011 murder of a Dyersburg woman continues as TBI agents were asked to assist Dyer County Sheriff’s Department in a search at the victim’s former home Tuesday. An Action News 5 viewer captured photos Tuesday of what appears to be digging equipment. Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box tells Action News 5 an investigation is ongoing at 65 Willie Johnson Road, the former home of Karen Swift who was reported missing on Halloween in 2011 just weeks after filing for divorce.
The State of TN initially had 45 witnesses, however, a ruling by Judge Mark Hayes to stop any further cumulative evidence caused nine witnesses to be cut from the list, why? Then came 3-hour-long testimony of TBI Special Agent Joel Wade. When taking the stand, Wade’s testimony was first heard outside of the presence of the jury to establish admissibility. He presented an electric footprint linking 280 instances where websites including Match.com, Media Match Web Girls, and Adult Friend Finder were accessed by an individual operating under David Swift’s username and password. It was noted that no other users were associated with the laptop in question. David Swift’s attorney, Daniel Taylor, objected to the admission of the documents arguing that anyone with David Swift’s login credentials could have accessed the websites. With the first date of access being October 31, 2011, one day following Karen Swift’s disappearance, Judge Mark Hayes, said the websites could also raise questions about whether David Swift was searching the websites to see if his wife had any online aliases or accounts with the websites that he might use to locate her with. Because of this, Judge Hayes said the internet search evidence could confuse the jury, and deemed it inadmissible.
GOSSIP TRIAL; Day 5; June 3, 2024, State TN v David Swift,
State Rests in Karen Swift Murder Trial, Judgement of Acquittal Denied. The judge finds that the state has put forth sufficient circumstantial evidence to send the case to the jury for consideration and denies the motion for judgment of acquittal. From a legal standpoint they did not prove their case, no murder weapon, no actual crime scene, no DNA, no blood, or fluids in Swift garage or car, no supporting physical evidence of any kind that would convince one that David Swift is guilty of the murder of Karen Swift. DA Goodman should just declare Rule 48 and end this. By the State TN. With the court’s permission, the state may terminate a prosecution by filing a dismissal of an indictment, presentment, information, or complaint. A dismissal may not be filed during the trial without the defendant’s consent. Death by Gossip with Wendy Williams. Announced in March 2015, the series features crime stories which are initiated by gossip and subsequently became motive for unfaithfulness or even murder.

What's next for DA Goodman, a stick figures representation of the murder scene. DA Goodman, where's an automotive expert like Mona Lisa Vito when you needed reliable court testimony during the David Swift murder trial, like she explained in the movie 'My Cousin Vinny'? Tire and car expert Mona Lisa Vito's testimony during the movie 'My Cousin Vinny' won the case. I have some background in the tire industry with Firestone tire back in the day. I have seen multiple cases of a radial tire run over sheet metal screws on construction jobs that went straight in. The tips on sheet metal screws are razor sharp because as in most building construction today there is metal framing instead of wood.

The David Swift murder trail in backwoods Dresden, Weakley County TN reminds me of the comedy/mystery Movie: My Cousin Vinny, another kangaroo court spectacle. It had all the elements, a backwoods sheriff trying to railroad two innocent 'yutes' of a murder at a convenience store that they did not commit along with two bumbling, fumbling lawyers. 'Judge Chamberlain Haller: Uh... did you say "yutes"? Vinny Gambini: Yeah, two yutes'. During the backwoods murder trial of the 'yutes' the bumbling DA prosecutor provided no true eyeball witness, there was no weapon found, there was no blood on the supposed 'yutes' or in their car. 

WBBJ Eyewitness News 7 Reports: The murder trial in the State of Tennessee v. David Swift to start May 28th in Weakley County. David Swift is charged with premeditated first degree murder in the October 2011 killing of his wife, Karen Swift in Dyersburg TN. The Swifts were residents of Dyer County. Karen was reported missing on October 30, 2011 — approximately three weeks after she had filed for divorce from David. Her body was later discovered in December that year by hunters near a cemetery in Dyersburg. David Swift was arrested and indicted for the murder in August 2022 — more than a decade later — and has plead not guilty. Due to a change of venue request, the trial has been moved to Weakley County, and will take place at the courthouse located at 116 West Main Street in Dresden in the circuit courtroom. Jury selection began on Tuesday, May 28th, and the trial is expected to last approximately two weeks.

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Message from cell phone number 731-445-0576 on Youtube video seen above is from Darrell Sells, 85, in Dyersburg TN, he called me on Wednesday September 27th 2023 at 3:49pm seems to be some sort of a veiled threat concerning what appears to be the murder trial of David Swift in Weakley County TN that started on May 28th. David Swift’s attorney, Daniel Taylor, expressed concerns about David Swift receiving a fair trial for the 2011 unsolved murder of his wife Karen Swift in Dyersburg TN. Darrell Sells did not indicate exactly what trial he was talking about in his call to me, but, Darrell Sells 85, appears to think I am on a witness list for the upcoming David Swift murder trail. Does Darrell Sells, 85, have access to the witness list for this upcoming murder trail of David Swift in Tennessee that started May 28th 2024 and why does he? Back on May 1, 2015, Threatening Call Today From 731-285-0998 Dyersburg TN, Caller Was Darrell Sells From His McDonald's Store, Something About Murdered Karen Swift, WTH? Posting threats to kill or injure another using interstate communications (phone) could land you in jail for up to five years.

 

I don't have any business dealings with this 85 year old man Darrell Sells in Dyersburg TN, never did, but I thought it best to publish his voicemail posted on my business cell phone line on Wednesday September 27th 2023 at 3:49pm. An interpretation of Darrell Sells voicemail message could be seen as witness intimidation, if I really am on a witness list for the murder trail of David Swift. Darrell Sells, 85, called me from cell phone number 731-445-0576, the number may or may not belong to him, it does. 

UPDATE on Friday March 1st, 2024 at 12:24 PM got a call from (731) 285-0285 Dyersburg TN, caller hung up before I could answer, I waited for voicemail, no message. I called the Dyersburg TN number (731) 285-0285 and it belongs to McDonald's Offices in Dyersburg TN, the recorded answer offers you to dial #3 for Darrell Sells, why does the harassment continue from this man? The listed phone number for McDonald's Offices in Dyersburg TN is (731) 285-0032. A reverse search of the Dyersburg phone number that called me, (731) 285-0285, reveals no listing, it is an unlisted phone number on the McDonald's Offices exchange of (731) 285 XXXX.

NOTE: Witness intimidation is the act of attempting to improperly influence, alter or prevent the testimony of witnesses within criminal or civil proceedings. In Tennessee court Code Title 39 Criminal Offenses § 39-16-507 a person commits an offense who, by means of coercion, influences or attempts to influence a witness or prospective witness in an official proceeding with intent to influence the witness. Tennessee Code § 10-7-504 (2021) - Confidential Records. A court order protecting the confidentiality of certain information issued upon the request of a district attorney general to a victim or witness in a criminal trial. In the United States Court, the federal crime of witness tampering is defined by statute at 18 U.S.C.§ 1512.

Previously: Back on Friday, June 18, 2021, STATE GAZETTE NEWSPAPER TENNESSEE WRITES: On June 14, the Dyer County Grand Jury indicted Darrell Sells and Chastity Brandon on a charge of stalking by electronic communications. According to the indictment, Sells and Chastity Brandon between April 15, 2020 and February 16, 2021, “unlawfully, knowingly or intentionally took willful course of conduct involving repeated or continued harassment of [victim] by electronic communication that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, in violation of TCA 39-17-315.” CHARGES LATER DROPPED. On January 25, 2022, the State of Tennessee dismissed the charge of stalking by electronic communications against Darrell Sells and Chastity Nicole Brandon (former private investigator). see https://www.stategazette.com/story/2890338.html

Unsolved Karen Swift Murder a Tale of Sex, Lies, Missing Video Tapes and Misbehaving Private Eyes in Dyersburg TN. At the Tennessee Private Investigations and Polygraph Commission Meeting of 10/15/2020 concerning the actions of Private Eye Chastity Nicole Brandon one of the board members, Jesse Gentry Assistant General Counsel, read the legal report on Private Eye Chastity Nicole Brandon who had refused to cooperate with the investigation. According to Jesse Gentry Assistant General Counsel, Chastity Brandon committed a 'laundry list' of violations including operating a Private Detective Agency without a license. Jesse Gentry went on to list multiple violations committed by Chastity Brandon using a Facebook Page called 'Cobra Justice' posting unsubstantiated articles. Jesse Gentry made note of several prior arrests of Chastity Brandon and indicated she had used multiple 'dates of birth' and multiple 'social security numbers'. The Commission voted unanimously to pursue formal charges and agreed to voluntary revocation of private investigator license of Chastity Nicole Brandon in Dyersburg TN. Final comment by one of the Board Members, "whatever it takes to get this woman Chastity Brandon out of the business". Chastity Brandon links to Darrell Sells in Dyersburg TN.

In 2021 Darrell Sells filed a Lawsuit on David Swift and others for Defamation relating to a complaint David Swift filed with the Tennessee Private Investigation and Polygraph Commission about private eye Chastity Brandon. Mr. David Swift had an interest in protecting himself and his family from private investigator Chastity Brandon who was acting unlawfully and harassing him and his minor children. Further, as a victim of Ms. Chastity Brandon’s improper campaign and unsanctioned investigative tactics, which ran afoul of applicable professional regulations, see Ex. 1 p. 16–18 (recommending that Ms. Chastity Brandon’s license be voluntarily surrendered (revoked) due to her misbehavior), Mr. David Swift acted in good faith to alert the appropriate regulatory authority that was empowered to take action. Put another way: Mr. Swift filed a complaint in good faith in order to ensure that Ms. Chastity Brandon was held accountable for her professional misconduct, and upon review of that complaint by the regulatory authority that was responsible for licensing Ms. Chastity Brandonshe was. Consequently, even if Mr. Darrell Sells could establish a prima facie case for defamation, Mr. David Swift’s statements to the Tennessee Private Investigation and Polygraph Commission were protected by the qualified common interest privilege, and the TPPA compels their dismissal as a result. “The respondent Chastity Brandon is subject to discipline for failure to cooperate with our investigation. The respondent also appears to be subject to discipline for running an investigation company without licensure for that company, for making public statements that are not completely truthful, and revealing information for a client obtained in an investigation for another client. Therefore the recommendation would be to authorize formal charges, and offer to settle this matter with voluntary license revocation of Chastity Brandon.”

Previously: Back on May 1, 2015, Threatening Call Today From 731-285-0998 Dyersburg TN, Caller Was Darrell Sells From His McDonald's Store, Something About Murdered Karen Swift, WTH? I have no knowledge as to who murdered Karen Swift. The caller was an older man from his voice, late 60's early 70's, it appears to be Darrell Sells who was about 75 years old in 2015. Mr Darrell Sells went off the chain the minute I identified myself at 3:08 pm today, May 1, 2015, calling me a blank, blank, blank, blank, and that he was going to get me and cause physical harm, I hung up. I called back the number on caller ID 731-285-0998 Dyersburg TN to determine who called and a young woman answered "McDonald's". I asked her if an older man was there as he had just called me on this line 731-285-0998, she said that would be Mr. Sells and she went and got him. Darrell Sells picked up the phone and another violent outburst came out of his mouth, I hung up again. I do not have any business interaction with Darrell Sells in Dyersburg TN. I do not know the man, nor do I want to. I have never mentioned the name Darrell Sells on my website, till today May 1, 2015, so why is he calling and threatening me? Posting threats to kill or injure another using interstate communications (phone) could land you in jail for up to five years.

Anonymous posters on Topix/Dyersburg TN tried to cancel me, Bill Warner private investigator in 2014, for my support of David Swift who was later found not guilty of the murder of Karen Swift in Oct 2011. "December 18, 2011 Topix/Dyersburg TN, Karen Swift Murder.... Topix in Dyersburg is/was a cesspool and possibly a means of tainting the jury pool for David Swift". Various local governments censured the Topix forums. Many lawsuits resulted from content posted on Topix. I believe that the so-called anonymous posters on Topix/Dyersburg TN were a coordinated effort by the actual people linked to the murder of Karen Swift to place all blame on David Swift. On March 20, 2012, online gossip was the subject of a story called "Innocent Man's Life Destroyed by Anonymous Topix Poster" on Good Morning America. One thing I have learned in the last 10 years dealing with people living in Dyersburg, Dyer County TN is that one guy, and one guy only, pulls all the strings in Dyersburg. Money talks in Dyer County TN and law and order takes a back seat. Topix Dyersburg is the reason Judge Mark Hayes granted a change of venue request for the trial against David Swift for the murder of Karen Swift. The trial, originally scheduled for January 2024 in Dyer County, will now start May 28, 2024, in Weakley County, about 50 miles northeast of Dyer.

UPDATED, October 31st, 2014. Originally posted on pibillwarner.wordpress website, I am the hired private investigator on the unsolved Karen Swift kidnapping and murder, her family hired me to look into her unsolved murder that so far has eluded the TBI and Sheriff Box. CNN HLN had profiled the unsolved murder of Karen Swift on Jane Velez Mitchell and Nancy Grace numerous times and I have been on the panel discussing the case three times since November 2011. First let me tell you that I plan on using my connections with the National media to focus a burning spotlight on those responsible for introducing Karen Swift to a ‘lifestyle’ that ultimately led to her murder on or about October 30th, 2011, I am going to follow the money trail, multiple cell phone activity and the unpaid, maxed out credit card activity of Karen Swift. DYERSBURG: Attorney Steve Farese talks about Karen Swift murder case: “I don’t want to speak badly about Karen,” said attorney Steve Farese. “But were some things going on that were quite unusual, and there could be more than one suspect.

Unsolved Karen Swift Murder a Tale of Sex, Lies, Missing Video Tapes and Misbehaving Private Eyes in Dyersburg TN. From the beginning of my on-air commentary on December 12th, 2011 on CNN's HLN with Jane Velez Mitchell concerning the still unsolved murder of Karen Swift, I have been inundated with threats sent to me via email, phone call hang-ups, extreme negative online reviews of my business, attacks by anonymous posters on Topix/Dyersburg a real cesspool, and actual threats communicated to me in cell phone conversations from people in Dyersburg TN, right up to Friday March 1st 2024. If you did or do speak out is support of David Swift's innocence in Dyersburg TN your putting a real target on your back. David Swift Murder Trial June 6, 2024: Jury in Dresden TN Decides David Swift Not Guilty of 1st or 2nd Degree Murder and Not Guilty of Attempted Murder, Told You So.

UPDATE Dec 6th 2023, Change of Venue: apparently the trial Darrell Sells, 85, has been talking about in his phone message to me is the trial of David Swift in Dyer County TN for murder. Just recently the trial has been postponed and the venue changed to the Weakley County Courthouse in Dresden TN to start May 28th, very odd just 30 days prior to the start of a murder trial. DYERSBURG STATE GAZETTE WRITES: The trial for David Swift, 55, has been moved to a later date. Swift’s trial was initially scheduled for January 2024, Dyer County District Attorney General Danny Goodman has confirmed the trial has been moved to start date of May 28th, 2024. Additionally, the venue of the trial has been moved to Dresden, Weakley County TN. J​eff Parham was elected Weakley County Circuit Court Judge on August 7, 2014. David Swift’s attorney, Daniel Taylor, initially expressed concerns about Swift receiving a fair trial in corrupt Dyersburg, Dyer County TN.

NOTE* A deep dive into the history of how the Criminal Justice System works in Dyersburg, Dyer County TN and Dresden, Weakley County TN reveals some very disturbing results. In 1917 if you were convicted of murder in Dyersburg, Dyer County TN you could/would have been tortured and burned to death at an iron stake near the Dyer County Courthouse in Dyersburg, TN. At least nine men had been lynched by 'Organized Vigilance Committees' (code for KKK) in the small rural county of Dyer County TN for offenses ranging from horse theft to murder. In 1835, a "Organized Vigilance Committee" in Nashville, Tennessee was responsible, after a kangaroo court "conviction", for the public whipping of Rev. Amos Dresser (a white man) for the crime of distributing abolitionist publications (which he claimed he did not do). The names of all 62 members of the self-appointed vigilance committee were published by the American Anti-Slavery Society, annotating some as "Elder in the Presbyterian Church" and the like.

The famous "Mike Lynching Tree" has been at the Dyersburg, Dyer County Courthouse Square since 1881, at least 9 black men died there at the hands of the KKK. A special report from the Atchison Daily Patriot newspaper of 8/02/1881 claimed that at Dyersburg, Dyer county, Tennessee, Mike Wells, a negro, was lynched yesterday by a mob led by an 'Organized Vigilance Committee' (code for KKK) upon a confession of his quilt of attempting an outrage on the person of Mrs. J. F. Childress. [Source: Atchison Daily Patriot KS, Tuesday, August 2, 1881]. Tennessee is the state where the Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1866, just after the end of the Civil War. Ku Klux Klan activity was especially strong in Giles, Humphreys, Lincoln, Marshall, and Maury Counties in Middle Tennessee, and Dyer County, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, and Obion in West Tennessee. Not much has changed in Tennessee over the last 100 years; in 1997 the U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Inc., received incorporation from the Tennessee secretary of state’s office as a nonprofit organization at Camden, Tennessee.

PRIVATE DETECTIVE MURDERED COLUMBIA TN; In an effort to curb the violent acts of the KKK, Governor William G. Brownlow called for an extra session of the legislature which, following the investigation of a Ku Klux Klan committee, reestablished the militia and gave him the power to declare martial law in any county necessary. Members of the Klan and other secret societies engaged in terrorism were subject to arrest by any citizen, a five-hundred-dollar fine, and imprisonment for up to five years under a so-called Ku Klux Klan Act. Gov. Brownlow, who wished to see prominent KKK leaders and ex-Confederates tried and convicted in order to make examples of them, employed a Cincinnati private detective, Seymour Barmore, to infiltrate the Klan and gather names. When private detective Seymour Barmore’s body turned up in the Duck River near Columbia TN on February 20, 1869, with a rope around his neck and bullet hole in his head, Brownlow declared martial law on the same day in nine counties in Middle and West Tennessee, including Giles County, Humphreys County, Lincoln County, Marshall County, Maury County, along with Dyer County, Fayette County, Gibson County, Hardeman County, and Obion County. Five days later Brownlow resigned as governor to fill a seat in the U.S. Senate. Subsequently, KKK boss Nathan Bedford Forrest, believing that the Klan had served its purpose, called for the members to destroy their robes. The political influence of the KKK in Tennessee helped elect Governor Austin Peay in 1923 and U.S. Senator Lawrence D. Tyson in 1924. In 1997 the U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Inc., received incorporation from the Tennessee secretary of state’s office as a nonprofit organization at Camden, Tennessee.

13 years ago Karen Swift was reported missing on Oct. 30, 2011, (murdered same day). 13 years ago was my first public mention of, at the time, missing Karen Swift from Dyersburg TN was on a True Crime Series called ‘GONEon CNN HLN TV on Nov 18, 2011. I was investigating, on my own, Karen Swift's disappearance along with several other missing white, blond, look-a-like females. Nov 18, 2011 CNN HLN News VIDEO with PI Bill Warner discussing Missing Karen Swift. 

TEXT FROM CNNCNN Headline News (HLN) and Jane Velez-Mitchell new series called ‘GONE’. On Friday November 18, 2011, I was on CNN Headline News (HLN) with Jane Velez-Mitchell talking about, at the time, missing Karen Swift, Holly Bobo, Lauren Spierer, Kate Markham and Paige Johnson. Karen Swift's son Preston Swift was also on the same CNN show on November 18, 2011. 

PI Bill Warner: Today there are at least 12 petite white females who all look-a-like with long blond hair who have been murdered, kidnapped or listed as 'missing' and there is not one suspect or person of interest named in any of their cases.

JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL: And the theory that there might be a connection was first brought to our attention by private investigator Bill Warner, who joins us tonight. Bill, have you been, I think, checking this out, and you have apparently found out that three of these five women`s cell phones have not been found. Do you have any new information for us that might give us an idea of whether these cases are connected.

PI BILL WARNER: Well, I want to go back to what Preston Swift just said concerning his mother`s cell phone, and it appears they pinged it at 5 a.m. on this Google search, and it was 12 miles away from the home. The car was found about a half a mile away from the home. Kind of indicates that she had gone mobile.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Have police given you any feedback on your theory?

PI BILL WARNER: No. No. There`s no communication there.

18). Private investigator Bill Warner was back on CNN Headline News Jane Velez-Mitchell's show GONE on December 12th, 2011 talking about the unsolved cases of 12 missing (or murdered) petite blond females and now the murder of Karen Swift whose body was found 12 years ago on Dec 11, 2011 in Dyersburg TN, see VIDEO. At this time, Dec 12, 2011, I further stated my suspicion that Terry Britt was involved in the abduction and murder of Karen Swift in Dyersburg TN and the abduction of Holly Bobo in Darden - Parsons TN. Later after the body of Holly Bobo out of Darden TN was found and the TBI "initially"named sex offender Terry Britt as a suspect in the abduction and murder of Holly Bobo.

CNN Transcript: ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL Missing Mother, 44, Found Murdered in Tennessee Aired December 12, 2011 - 19:00 ET

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Good evening, I`m Jane Velez-Mitchell coming to you live from New York City. Now, Karen Swift vanished six weeks ago after returning from a Halloween party after midnight. Her car was found later with a flat or slashed tire, depending on who you talk to, along a main highway less than a mile from her home. Karen had just filed for divorce three weeks earlier, and she was still living with her estranged husband. Police have not named David Swift a suspect. But when a woman vanishes right after filing for divorce, police normally try to rule the husband out first. Shortly after Karen vanished, their son insisted his dad had absolutely nothing to do with his mom's disappearance.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Right. And we are -- again, Karen`s husband is not considered a suspect. And we`re going to read his statement in a second. But if we don`t get to examine these situations and learn something from them, hypothetically, then we really are doing the viewers a disservice. And I think it would be fair -- you`re an expert -- to say, "Hey, unless absolutely there`s no other alternative, don`t live with your husband during the divorce. Not a good idea." Now I want to go to Bill Warner, who`s a private investigator, who has a totally different theory on this case, one that has actually nothing to do with any family member. Bill Warner, you find it very significant that Karen`s body was found near a cemetery. Why is that?

BILL WARNER, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR (via phone): Well it wasn`t found near. It was found next to. There`s a little dirt road off of this Harness Road that leads up to the Bledsoe Cemetery. The little dirt road separates where the body was found and where the headstones are. It`s within 30, 40 feet.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: OK, that`s near. Just so you know, it`s near. So...

BILL WARNER: ... Harness Road. (UNINTELLIGIBLE) The problem I have, is that I was aware earlier in the year in -- from January through March 2011, that there was a supposed serial killer in the Memphis Tennessee area who killed four women and dumped in or near their bodies in a cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee, the Mount Carmel Cemetery. I find this a little disturbing, being only maybe an hour and a half way from Dyersburg Tennessee. As far as my involvement is all of these missing blond look-a-like female cases goes, I work alone, my theories are my own and I do not consult with anyone before I published my articles which have been featured in numerous newspapers online. I first spoke publicly about five missing petite blond females on CNN Headline News back on Friday Nov. 18th, 2011 and at that time it included Karen Swift before it became known she had been murdered.  

11 years later on Aug 8, 2022 — A Dyer County grand jury indicted David Swift Monday afternoon on a charge of pre-meditated first-degree murder in the death of his wife Karen Swift.

Memphis TN Serial Killer who left 3 nude female bodies, with panties pulled down, in Mount Carmel Cemetery in 2011, he was never caught. Time doesn’t heal all wounds. Sometimes it causes them to fester. This week will mark 13 years since my friend, Jessica Nicole Lewis, was murdered in South Memphis in 2011. Jessica Lewis was beautiful, her photo above on the left, blonde hair. She often flat-ironed her shoulder-length, strawberry-blonde curls, and she had style — her closet was full of body-hugging jeans and cute tops to adorn her near-hourglass, athletic figure. Thirteen years of unanswered questions. Thirteen years knowing the man who took her life was able to continue living his, freely and without consequence. On February 20, 2011, Jessica’s body was found in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, an old unkempt graveyard at Elvis Presley and Elliston, about three miles north of Graceland and as many miles south of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. There was evidence of a struggle; she’d been dragged through the grounds and shot in the head, the only clothing left on her battered body was underwear (panties pulled down) and a single sock. The murder weapon, a gun, is probably in a river somewhere, or sitting on a shelf said Sgt. Robert Wilkie of the Memphis Police.



In less than a month in early 2011, one man murdered three women and tried to kill a fourth in South Memphis. He fired a single round into each one of them, then left two of the bodies in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in South Memphis. The final victim, and the only one to survive, was shot just across the street from Mt. Carmel. He's never been caught. And as far as police know, he hasn't killed since. 'There's four that I believe ... are the work of the same (killer),' said Sgt. Robert Wilkie, the Memphis Police Department homicide detective assigned to the cases. 'Two of them are actually linked by forensic evidence. The other two, to make a total of four, because of the location and the types of injuries, motive more than anything.' His crime spree began on Jan. 27, 2011. 

Around 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 24, the groundskeeper at Mt. Carmel made another grisly discovery: The body of Rhonda Wells, 44, was found on one of the roads in the northwest corner of the cemetery. Then, on Feb. 26, two days after Wells was found, the killer struck again, across the street from Mt. Carmel. This time, though, he made a mistake. His victim lived, and she told police what he looked like. From her description, police were able to put together the composite sketch of a young black man, about 24 years old with his hair in cornrows. He was driving a dark Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300. Police also had evidence from the scenes. Memphis TN serial killer's dump site in 2011 was at the old Mt. Carmel Cemetery which looks a lot like the old Bledsoe Cemetery in Dyersburg TN where Karen Swift's body found in Oct 2011, just sayin.

Private investigator Bill Warner was back on CNN Headline News Jane Velez-Mitchell's show GONE on December 12th, 2011 talking about the unsolved murder of Karen Swift whose nude body was found on Dec 10th, 2011 in Dyersburg TN, with her panties pulled down. Karen Swift was beautiful, her photo above, she had shoulder length blonde hair. Karen Swift looks some what like murdered Jessica Nicole Lewis in Memhis TN in 2011, just sayin. CNN Jane Velez-Mitchell, "Bill Warner, you find it very significant that Karen`s body was found near a cemetery".

There is a little dirt road that separates where Karen Swifts body was found in Dec 2011 and from where the headstones are in the old Bledsoe cemetery. It's within 30, 40 feet. The problem I have, is that I was aware earlier in the same year in -- from January through March 2011, that there was serial killer in the Memphis Tennessee area who killed three women and dumped their nude bodies (panties pulled down) in a cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee, the old Mount Carmel Cemetery. Jessica Nicole Lewis, was murdered in South Memphis in Feb 2011, her nude body dumped in the old Mt Carmel cemetery. Kinda looks like the Memphis serial killer has a signature to his murders. I find this a little disturbing, being that Memphis is only maybe a 1 1/2 hour drive from Dyersburg TN, and the Memphis TN serial killer was never caught!

Could the 24 year old Memphis TN rapist serial killer who left his nude female victims bodies in a cemetery have left Memphis TN and relocated to a possible family member in the Dyersburg TN area? They found Karen Swift's Halloween costume from the Farms Dyersburg Country Club party in her car on Sunday Oct 30th, 2011. Some articles of clothing that belonged to Karen Swift, a pair of jeans, a bra and a gray zip-up sweatshirt were found in some brush not far from her car. They confirmed [the clothing items] belong to her. They took DNA from her mother and compared it to DNA on the clothes," Swift's friend Laura Jane told The Huffington Post. When Karen Swift's body was found on Dec 10th, 2011 near the Bledsoe cemetery she was nude except for her panties pulled down below her knees. Who killed Karen Swift, was it the Memphis serial killer who left his victims in a cemetery or a clever copycat killer in 2011?
 
Memphis TN serial killer's dump site in Feb 2011 was the old Mt. Carmel Cemetery which coincidentally looks just like the old Bledsoe Cemetery in Dyersburg TN where Karen Swift's body was found in Dec 2011. Karen Swift looks some what like murdered Jessica Nicole Lewis, both very attractive white females with shoulder length blonde hair. Jessica Nicole Lewis was murdered in Memphis TN in Feb 2011. Both Karen Swift and Jessica Nicole Lewis bodies were found nude other than their panties pulled down below their knees.
 
UPDATE JUNE 16th, 2024: MEMPHIS TN SERIAL KILLER STILL OUT THERE HE HAS NEVER BEEN CAUGHT. The Memphis TN serial killer was described as a black male with cornrow hair, he was clean shaven in 2011 but would most likely have facial hair in 2024, he would be now 37 years old.

 

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