Man threatens to kill MCSO deputy and family



A Clemons man was arrested and transported to Marshall County Jail by Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies Sunday after he threatened to kill a deputy and his family.

Joseph David Blackburn, 27, threatened the deputy and his family saying he would cut their throats, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed with Marshall County District Court. He was charged with first-degree harassment.

Chief Deputy Joel Phillips said the threats were made after the defendant was stopped by the deputy Sunday on a report of an intoxicated driver in the 1600 mile of 240th Street. Phillips said deputies periodically receive threats from defendants.

Blackburn was also charged with operating while intoxicated-second offense and two counts of child endangerment.

The defendant was released with supervision through Department of Correctional Services. Release conditions require substance abuse evaluation in 30 days instead of 60 days, no alcohol while this case is pending and prohibition from transporting his children anywhere. Blackburn’s preliminary hearing is Oct. 12.