Tennessee couple arrested in moonshine bust

From Staff Reports

   An Elizabethton man and a woman from Johnson City were arrested early Thanksgiving morning in Bristol, Va., for possession of moonshine, cocaine and marijuana.
   Jackie Lee Redd, 46, and Dorothy Darlene Bittinger, 45, were taken into custody by deputies of the Washington County Sheriff's Department at the Red Carpet Inn on Lee Highway near Bristol.
   Bittinger was charged with possession and intent to distribute marijuana and one count of possession of untaxed liquor.
   Redd was charged with one count of cocaine possession with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of untaxed liquor. He was also charged with violation of parole.
   In June of 1990, Redd was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of John F. Bishop in Washington County, Tenn. According to testimony given during the trial, Bishop and an accomplice, Keith Scalf, also of Elizabethton, set fire to Bishop's body and his house trailer in an attempt to destroy evidence after Redd shot Bishop in the head. Redd was sentenced to life in prison for the crime, but was paroled recently.
   During Thursday's raid, deputies seized 13 gallons of moonshine, 10 grams of cocaine and one pound of marijuana. Deputies also took possession of two vehicles, a laptop computer and several cellular telephones.
   According to an AP report, Bittinger was released Friday on $10,000 bond. She is scheduled for arraignment in Washington County General District Court on Dec. 11.
   According to officials at the Washington County Jail, Redd is so far being held without bond. His arraignment is set for Dec. 21.
   Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman told reporters Thursday that Redd will be extradited to Tennessee for violation of parole after the charges against him in Virginia have been resolved.