The Sullivan County Courthouse is ramping up security ahead of the high profile murder trial of Johnus Orr. That’s to be expected with high emotions following the death of Tiffanie Adams.
The trial is several weeks away, but already visitors to the courthouse have to walk through a metal detector to get inside.
Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom wants to be sure that all safety precautions are taken during the trial. Access to the building is limited to the north door and those exiting must leave through the east or west doors.
“We don’t have any particular threats at all, but we just want to make sure that all precautions are taken to make sure that the publics safety, the inmates safety and everybody that’s coming in and out of the building can do so safely,” Cottom said.
The security equipment is on loan from the Department of Homeland Security, but the sheriff’s department would like to implement it permanently.