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Former Sheriff's Trial Continues

The prosecution wrapped up its case Wednesday in the embezzlement trial of former Washington County Sheriff Stanley James. The state continued its focus on James’ handling of county money while sheriff. The jury heard testimony from current Washington County Sheriff Janice Spruill and a former S.B.I agent who investigated the case. Spruill testified that the day after James was removed from office, he contacted her about getting personal items from his patrol car. Spruill says James specifically requested a box of documents from the trunk of the car. Spruill says some of contents of that box were documents on Washington County Law Enforcement Association letterhead, the same agency the state argues James used to transfer money into his personal bank account. Rusty Pounds, a former S.B.I. agent who investigated the case testified James initially denied ever receiving a check for nearly $2,700 from the government. Pounds also testified James told him in a second interview that he could have admitted that the check existed when allegations first surfaced, but choose not to because of the upcoming sheriff's election. The defense is expected to continue its case Thursday.


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