Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd is expected to turn himself into police Wednesday after a state investigation led to a grand jury indictment.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the indictment and TBI investigation, and the Chatanooga Times Free Press reported he’s facing extortion charges, although the nature of the true bill is unclear.

News of the indictment comes the day before early voting starts for the election that includes Boyd’s District 8 commission race against current East Ridge Mayor Brent Lambert.

WRCB reported March 29 that Lambert filed a complaint with Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston, who passed it on to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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In the complaint, Lambert said Boyd threatened him over campaign contributions from developers connected to an East Ridge project at Ext 1.

Boyd released a statement Tuesday calling the indictment politically motivated, according to East Ridge Online News. 

He said:

“This action by the District Attorney today is perhaps the most flagrantly political, despicable, desperate thing any of us has ever seen in Hamilton County. It reeks of politics and is exactly the kind of government overreach that voters are sick and tired of. I welcome all the facts around Mr. Lambert’s charges, and I will take my case for re-election to the voters in District 8.

The facts about Mr. Lambert’s taking money from the Exit 1 developers, putting it into his campaign account and then putting it in his pocket are well known. They were public before I talked with Mr. Lambert and I used these FACTS in a mailer to voters this week. Is there any question about the motivations of those involved with this?

My attorney and I will cooperate with the Sheriff and move forward to defend my name and win an election.”

The spokeswoman for the District Attorney Melydia Clewell told News Channel 9: “The District Attorney doesn’t indict people, Hamilton County grand jurors decide whether someone should be indicted.”

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