A former U.S. Senate candidate is facing legal trouble after being accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill a family member.
The Johnson City Press reported Friday that Thomas Kenneth "T.K." Owens was arraigned Friday on charges of solicitation to commit first-degree murder against his uncle, Ernie Widby. According to the paper, Owens allegedly offered $500 to an undercover agent as a down payment for a $2,500 operation.
According to WJHL-TV, where Owens served as a reporter from 2001-04, he was being held in Tennessee's Washington County jail on $100,000 bond. The Press added that he faces an Oct. 3 hearing.
CNN reported Sunday that Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes referred to Owens as a "disturbed individual."
"I'll be very public about this," Mathes said. "You're not going to threaten one of my officers."
Owens was one of seven candidates in a crowded 2012 Democratic primary field for the seat then held and eventually retained by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). He finished in last place with eight percent of the vote.