ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a metro Atlanta sheriff elected last year despite being under indictment on felony corruption charges.
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill wasn’t in office when he was indicted in February 2012. The charges stem from his previous term as the county’s sheriff, from 2005 to 2008.
The indictment accuses him of using his office for personal gain in various ways. Defense attorneys maintain the accusations are attacks by political rivals.
Four charges were dropped Friday, leaving him facing 28 charges. If Hill is convicted of any of the felony charges against him, he will be removed from office because Georgia law prohibits anyone convicted of a felony from holding the office of sheriff.
Jury selection is expected to take several days.