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Youth pastor Matt Pitt's case headed to grand jury

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After a nearly two-hour preliminary hearing in front of Jefferson County District Court Judge Monday, Judge Katrina Ross decided to send youth evangelist Matt Pitt's case to a grand jury for review.

The youth pastor is accused of impersonating a peace officer in June. He was charged with a similar crime in Shelby County and pleaded guilty.

Despite efforts to hear from more, three witnesses took the stand to testify, including Pitt's cousin, Bailey Little.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sgt. Chris Sharit testified first about his role investigating the case.

Sharit said a witness in the Grayson Valley area told him he noticed activity surrounding a vehicle parked on his street June 15. The resident told Sharit he walked into the woods, noticed a rifle, and was approached by Pitt and Little. The resident believed the weapon was stolen and called deputies. According to the report, Sharit said the man claimed Pitt showed him an honorary deputy badge and told him to call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office if there was a problem. Then Pitt took the rifle and left.

A second witness, Brad Lunsford, also testified. Lunsford also lives in the neighborhood and was with Sharit June 15. Lunsford testified Pitt showed the pair an honorary deputy badge.

Pitt's cousin was the last witness to take a stand. He testified Pitt showed the neighbors an honorary badge to prove his character after several minutes of questioning.

The Jefferson County case is now in the hands of a grand jury.

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