Longtime Coffee County Public Defender Campbell Smoot Found Deceased

B. Campbell Smoot... Photo provided

B. Campbell Smoot… Photo provided

B. Campbell Smoot of Tullahoma, public defender for the 14th Judicial District, which serves Coffee County died Tuesday morning at his Moore County home. A co-worker discovered his body after he failed to show up for work early Tuesday.
Although no foul play was immediately suspected, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene.
Smoot, who served in the position for 25 years, was re-elected in the most recent election.
According to state law Gov. Bill Haslam will appointment someone to replace Smoot as public defender for the 14th Judicial District until the next election.