Former Hardin Co. teacher indicted on attempted murder charge

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HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. — A Former Hardin County High School teacher is indicted on 15 charges including attempted murder, vandalism and reckless endangerment. Court documents said the charges stem from Jason Hunt’s involvement in a November shooting at the four-way stop in the Bruton Branch community. Some who know Hunt said the indictment came as a surprise. Michael Hairfield studied in one of Hunt’s vocational classes. “He was a pretty good teacher to be honest,” he said. Investigators believe Hunt tried to murder Hunter Harville when he fired into Harville’s vehicle, hitting Harville in the hip. Harville said his pregnant girlfriend was sitting next to him. WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News reached out to the Harville family for comment. Though they declined an on-camera interview, they did tell us “the case is in the hands of the law now, and whatever is decided will be fine with them.”

Some residents said despite the indictment there’s two sides to each story. “Nobody knows what happened because we wasn’t there and things can be twisted in life every day of our life,” James Elam said. Elam said he has known Hunt for several years. School records reveal Hunt was placed on suspension without pay following the criminal investigation. Officials said he later resigned in March of this year. “It was kind of sad ’cause he was such a good teacher,” Hairfield said. Hunt was arrested Wednesday and released on a $50,000 bond.

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