On Monday, Oct. 11, former city councilmember Richard Garrett and his wife Laquvia Garrett attended a status hearing in the Montgomery County Courtroom of Judge William Goodman, who will continue to hear the Garretts’ cases instead of the previous judge assigned.
Judge Robert Bateman had to recuse himself due to a conflict.
Goodman has scheduled a settlement date for the pair on Jan. 13, 2022.
The Garretts pleaded not guilty in September to charges of fraud and perjury.
According to court records, Laquvia Garrett is being represented by attorney Patrick McNally and Richard Garrett’s attorney is William Ramsey.
The former Clarksville City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem and his wife were arrested on Friday, Aug. 6, and charged with fraud and perjury just two weeks after the former city leader resigned his position on the council.
Count 1 of the indictments returned by grand jurors for the State of Tennessee’s 19th Judicial District say both Garretts “unlawfully and with intent to deceive” made false statements on their 2020 General Election voter applications.
The couple committed perjury by declaring their address to be 3398 Damion Drive in Clarksville when they did not reside there, according to the indictment.
Count 2 of both indictments say that on Nov. 3, 2020, the Garretts both “executed” their voter applications in the election, by registering or voting, while declaring their address to be on Damion Dr. address, though that is not where they lived.
Count 3 was returned only against Richard Garrett, stating that on May 4, 2021, he executed a change of address form, declaring his address to be 3415 Oak Lawn Dr. in Clarksville when he did not actually live there, registering or voting in a manner where he was not entitled.
The indictments and charges followed Garrett being served two civil actions in July by the by the 19th District Attorney General John Carney’s office in Montgomery County.
The investigations by the DA’s office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation concluded in July following Garrett’s residency questions.
On March 3, TBI agents began investigating the allegations of election laws being violated, at the request of Carney.