JONESBORO, Ga. -- How is Victor Hill going to defend himself? A picture is beginning to emerge.
Hill is the former Clayton County Sheriff who is running again for election to his old job. But as he campaigns, he is under indictment stemming crimes the state says he committed during his earlier term in office.
Hill was a no-show at his own motions hearing at the Clayton County Courthouse Monday afternoon. His absence was excused by the judge. Hill is accused of using the Clayton County Sheriff's Office during the four years he was Sheriff, from 2005 to 2009, as a corrupt, racketeering enterprise, using county employees and assets, and his own campaign funds, for his own, personal use.
At the hearing, Hill's attorney, Steve Frey, demanded that the prosecutor, Layla Zon, produce even a shred of evidence that the accusations are anything but unprovable attacks by political rivals.