Special prosecutor appointed in retired Madison Co. deputy drug case

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JACKSON, Tenn. — A special prosecutor has been appointed in the prescription drug fraud case involving a retired Madison County deputy. Chris Scruggs has been appointed special prosecutor in the case against retired Madison County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant Jerry Elston, according to James W. Kirby, executive director of the District Attorneys General Conference for Tennessee. Scruggs serves as assistant district attorney for the Shelby County district attorney general‘s gang and narcotics unit. District Attorney General Jerry Woodall has recused himself from the case, citing previous cases he has prosecuted involving Elston and also saying he is friends with some of the prospective witnesses. John “Jerry” Elston faces a 52-count indictment on charges of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

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