SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – For the first time, state prosecutors have confirmed they’ll pursue additional charges against Megan Boswell – in addition to her false reporting.
The mother of the deceased toddler Evelyn Boswell briefly appeared in Sullivan County court over video on Friday morning.
Megan Boswell’s hearing date was rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 28 at 9 a.m.
“That was what we’ve been waiting for, to see if there was any additional charges coming,” Brad Sproles, Megan’s court-appointed attorney, said Friday.
Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus said they plan to bring another matter regarding Megan to the grand jury Aug. 19.
“But at this time, I can’t make any comment about what will be presented to the grand jury, and the nature of what will be presented to the grand jury,” said Staubus.
Staubus also could not say if other defendants will be involved.
Prosecutors said they wished to move the hearing to a time after Aug. 19. Sproles asked for the court date of Aug. 28, saying that if Megan had been convicted of the charges she’s facing, she would have already been close to being eligible for release.
Megan has remained in the Sullivan County jail since February. Sproles said if the grand jury does not return an indictment, a parole eligibility date might be possible for her ‘within the next month or so.’ He noted this would not necessarily mean it would be granted.
“That was why I asked the judge to set a date fairly quickly after the grand jury, so that she’s not sitting in jail unnecessarily long. Because we don’t know what the grand jury’s going to do,” said Sproles.
Staubus said her Aug. 28 court appearance could be an arraignment or status hearing, depending on what the grand jury decides.
The District Attorney General said the TBI, FBI, and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office have been conducting interviews and collecting records this summer as part of their ongoing investigation into Evelyn’s death.
“And it’s been a tedious, meticulous, long process, but it’s something that we have to do,” said Staubus.
Sproles said he has not yet received the State’s evidence against Megan, which he filed a motion of discovery for back in May.
“It’s a huge amount of evidence that they’re looking at, so I know they’ve been working diligently to get us that. It’s just taking time,” he said.
This evidence has been described as a ‘voluminous file’ with several hours of Megan’s video interviews.
“It’s just a mountain of evidence they’re having to work through. So if they provide us with any materials between now and [the 28th] we would start reviewing those,” said Sproles.
Megan was arrested in February and was indicted on 11 counts of false reports by a grand jury in May.
No one has been charged yet with anything related to the death of Evelyn Boswell. Her autopsy results will remain sealed to the public. Staubus said he could not comment on whether the autopsy has been completed.
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