As of Monday, September 17, 2012
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Clayton News Daily
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Special prosecutor Layla Zon of Walton County addresses Clayton County Superior Court Judge Al Collier Monday afternoon in the state’s case against former Sheriff Victor Hill. With Zon is Clayton sheriff’s Investigator David Ward, who presented evidence to the grand jury in January. To the left are Hill’s attorneys, Musa Ghanayem and Steve Frey. Hill waived his right to attend the hearing.
JONESBORO — The Walton County district attorney appointed to prosecute former Sheriff Victor Hill called his defense arguments “ludicrous” and “absurd” during a Monday afternoon hearing on motions related to the Nov. 26 trial.
Hill waived his right to attend the hearing. Both attorneys representing Hill attended but only Steve Frey of Jonesboro argued the motions in front of Superior Court Judge Al Collier. Hill is charged with 37 felonies related to alleged criminal activity while he was in office.
Special prosecutor Layla Zon and Frey went head-to-head on several issues, including theft by taking charges related to Hill’s alleged misuse of county vehicles. Frey asked for a motion to dismiss those counts because Hill was authorized as sheriff to drive them. The indictment alleges theft because he drove them out of state on vacations.
“At some point, it becomes such an out of the ordinary use that it becomes a theft,” said Zon. “The defendant is on notice what he’s allowed to do as sheriff and that is take only his lawful fees. He can’t just have unfettered use. We ask that you deny that motion.”
Collier told both attorneys he’d rule on the motions in plenty of the time before the trial.
Read more about this in Wednesday’s print edition of the Clayton News Daily.