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McKENZIE (September 1) — Two McKenzie men facing burglary and drug charges are scheduled to appear in court next week for their preliminary hearings.Christopher Michael Cozart, 42, of Hightower …
McKENZIE (September 1) — Two McKenzie men facing burglary and drug charges are scheduled to appear in court next week for their preliminary hearings.
Christopher Michael Cozart, 42, of Hightower Lane, McKenzie, and Steven Anthony Savoy, 31, of Union Church Road, McKenzie, are charged with Aggravated Burglary, Criminal Trespassing, Possession of Schedule Two Meth, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Cozart also faces a charge of Violation of Probation.
According to a court affidavit, on September 3, 2020, Deputy Joshua Lancaster, along with Sgt. Danny Browning, Sgt. Neil Cantrell and Deputy James Sanders, were dispatched to 699 Hightower Lane in McKenzie to investigate a report of an aggravated burglary. The victim told deputies she received an alert on her phone from her security system, and looked at the video to see an individual, identified as Steven Savoy, passed out in a vehicle in her driveway.
As Sgt. Browning arrived at the scene, he ordered Savoy to show his hands. When Savoy failed to comply, Sgt. Browning drew his weapon and pointed it in the direction of the defendant. When Savoy was ordered to exit the vehicle and show his hands a second time, the defendant did as instructed and the officer holstered his weapon and detained Savoy.
Sgt. Cantrell and Sgt. Browning reviewed the video and identified Christopher Cozart as the person attempting to open a window and a door of the residence.
Cozart was taken into custody after Sgt. Cantrell and Deputy Sanders found the defendant lying on his belly in a wooded area, in an apparent attempt to hide from the deputies. At first, Cozart failed to comply when the deputies ordered him to show his hands, but did so, after the officers drew their weapons. After Cozart complied, the deputies holstered their weapons and took the defendant into custody.
Approximately 1.3 grams of methamphetamine was found at the scene.
General Sessions Judge Thomas L. Moore, Jr. ordered Cozart and Savoy to appear in Weakley County General Sessions Court on Wednesday, September 23, for their preliminary hearings. Cozart’s bail is set at $25,000; and Savoy’s bond is $5,000.