UPDATE: Sheriff makes statement on Bradley County murder conviction

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) – Bradley County Sheriff Watson made a statement regarding the conviction of Jody Hughes.

“Detective Brandon Edwards, who was the lead detective, and the additional detectives inside the Criminal Investigations Division who played a supporting role did an incredible job investigating this case. I want to commend District Attorney Steve Crump and his staff at the 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for their tireless efforts of preparation, which includes working with our detectives to successfully prosecute this case.

I will continue to pray for the family of Tyler Worth as they continue to mourn their loved one. For the past several years this family has continuously relived the senseless murder of their loved one throughout the lengthy criminal justice process which ultimately led to the convictions of Jody Hughes.”


CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) – A jury in Bradley County has found Jody Alan Hughes guilty of first degree murder.

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Hughes was also found guilty of kidnapping, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, and tampering with evidence in the death of Tyler Worth.

It started as a missing person’s case in 2015.

Deputies say Tyler Worth was picked up near Green Drive by a group of people, possibly against his will. The group ended up on Hughes Lake Road.

Investigators say it’s possible that’s where Worth tried to run.

He was shot three times in the back by Jody Hughes.

Worth’s body was wrapped in a tarp, and ended up in a Polk County ravine.