JONESBORO, Ga. — A trial date has been set for a sheriff’s candidate who won his election despite facing a 37-count indictment.
Challenger Victor Hill defeated incumbent Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough in Tuesday’s primary election. Hill got about 53.7 percent of the vote.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a Clayton County judge set Nov. 26 as the date for Hill’s trial to start.
Hill has denied the allegations. The charges, which range from racketeering to witness tampering, stem from Hill’s earlier term as sheriff in the county south of Atlanta.
Hill’s defense lawyer Steve Frey tells The Clayton News Daily that he’s hopeful to get the charges dropped soon.
If Hill remains under indictment when he’s sworn into office Jan. 1, Gov. Nathan Deal could suspend his duties until the charges are resolved.