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Accused John Rich Stalker Warned by Judge at Court Hearing

Mark Christopher Sevier
Metro Nashville Police Department

The man accused of stalking country star John Rich received a warning from a Nashville judge at his most recent court hearing on Wednesday (April 23).

According to Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper, Assistant District Attorney Tammy Meade accused Mark Christopher Sevier of “playing games” with the court, claiming that although he was supposed to provide 24 hours of notice before leaving his home state of Alabama, he emailed the court at midnight on a Friday to inform them he was moving to New York that weekend. Meade also reported that Sevier was vague, saying he might also be in Los Angeles or Washington, D.C.

Meade requested that Sevier’s bond be revoked, but Judge Mark Fishburn instead directed Sevier to clean up his communication with the court, cease “snide remarks” in his correspondence, and provide further details about his travels, including flight information and addresses.

The 36-year-old faces two counts of aggravated stalking and one of criminal impersonation after being accused of stalking Rich. He has also been accused of stalking a 17-year-old girl in a separate incident.

Sevier has stated that he was merely trying to work out past differences with Rich by repeatedly contacting him. The trouble between the two men goes back years, to when Sevier brought suit against Rich over ownership of two songs. He has also stated that the girl has been convinced to jump on Rich’s bandwagon, and that he was only trying to offer her work in some videos a friend was producing for him.

Sevier has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, and a trial date has been set for Oct. 6. Until then, he is not allowed to be in the same state as Rich.

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