A grand jury in Gallatin, Tenn., will decide whether to indict country music singer Carlene Carter, who has been charged with stealing a dead man's identity to obtain prescription drugs. Yesterday (Ja

A grand jury in Gallatin, Tenn., will decide whether to indict country music singer Carlene Carter, who has been charged with stealing a dead man's identity to obtain prescription drugs. Yesterday (Jan. 8), Carter waived her right to a preliminary hearing and the case was handed over to the Sumner County grand jury, which meets next month, Assistant District Attorney Dee Gay said.

Carter, who is the stepdaughter of Johnny Cash and daughter of country singers June Carter Cash and Carl Smith, was arrested Dec. 12 on two counts of identity theft. If convicted, she faces two to 12 years in prison.

According to an affidavit in the case, Carter obtained two prescriptions for the anti-depressant Zoloft in the name of Francis Reidy III, a boyfriend who died in November in Nashville. She declined to discuss the case with reporters outside the courtroom, saying only "innocent until proven guilty."

The 47-year-old Carter has a history of drug charges. She was arrested in New Mexico in June 2001 on heroin-possession charges.


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