Loniel Greene admits to lying under oath in bond hearing for family member

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Former Metro councilman Loniel Greene testified in court Wednesday during a bond hearing for a family member he bailed out of jail in early January.

On Jan. 6, Greene testified under oath he paid Tavares Buchanan’s bond with money from his own account, but phone calls made between the two men while Buchanan was jailed insinuated the money wasn’t actually Greene’s.

The district attorney then filed a motion to revoke, increase or alter the conditions of Buchanan’s bond, which led to Wednesday’s hearing and Greene’s resignation from the Metro Council.

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Tavares Buchanan (Photo: WKRN)

During the hearing, Greene admitted to lying under oath, saying the money was from Buchanan’s friend.

Greene said the $10,000 was in a bag behind a couch in the friend’s home.

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Buchanan, 30, was arrested in late December on charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Det. Chad Young of Metro police was the first witness called Wednesday as he’s the officer who arrested Buchanan.

The alleged victim was in the courtroom Wednesday and cried quietly as the detective described video of her after the suspected attack by Buchanan.

She also appeared visibly angry as the judge read phone conversations.

Buchanan’s attorney said during the hearing that he was just hired 36 hours ago and initially asked for a continuance.

He said he wanted more time to prepare for the case, anywhere from two days to a week, and also wanted the phone recordings transcribed.

At the end of the hearing, the judge ruled Buchanan must wear a GPS device and placed him on 24-hour house arrest.

He, or anyone in his “circle,” cannot have any contact with the victim. If they try to assist in communication between the two, Buchanan will go to jail for contempt.

The DA agreed not to charge Greene with money laundering and perjury if he testified Tuesday.

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