Harrell property set for auction

By Kathy Helms-Hughes


   The property of a Roan Mountain man convicted of second-degree murder will be sold at auction in June and the proceeds placed in a trust fund for the victim's 16-month-old daughter and 5 year-old-son.
   Terry Dean Harrell, 50, 275 Cove Creek Rd., entered a no contest plea to a charge of second-degree murder Jan. 18 rather than go to trial and face first-degree murder in the May 14 shooting death of Roger Lynn Oaks Jr., 23, of Roan Mountain. He was sentenced April 11 to 16 years in prison.
   Circuit Court Judge Jean Stanley issued a judgment against Harrell in April after a settlement was reached in a $500,000 wrongful-death suit filed by Roger Odell Oaks and Barbara Oaks, parents of Roger Oaks Jr., and administrators ad litem of his estate.
   According to the judgment, the parties agreed that the Circuit Court Clerk be appointed Special Master with the authority to sell Harrell's real estate and attach the proceeds to be held in trust for the Oaks' children.
   During Harrell's sentencing hearing, Criminal Court Judge Lynn Brown told him, "The bottom line on that is you're not going to own anything if you live long enough to get out of prison."
   But, Judge Brown said, "He's got his life; Roger Oaks does not."
   Harrell's property, which consists of two parcels of land on Cove Creek Road will be sold at 1 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the south door of the Old Courthouse. Parcel I consists of two tracts of land: Tract I, 0.17 acres, and Tract II, 0.29 acres. Parcel II, known as the "Beryl Harrell Property," consists of 1.14 acres.
   Buyers must deposit 10 percent of the sale price on June 21, with the balance to be paid within 30 days from the date of confirmation of the sale by the court.