Cleveland man convicted of first degree murder
CLEVELAND, Tenn. —
James Bradford with the Bradley County Sheriff's Office says Jody Alan Hughes has been convicted of first degree murder in the death of Tyler Worth.
Hughes is also charged with kidnapping, tampering with evidence, and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.
Hughes was charged with Worth's death in October of 2015.
Worth was missing for days, when investigators found his body in a rolled up tarp in a ravine in Polk County.
Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson released a statement regarding the conviction:
“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.”