WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) - A lawyer for a former U.S. Secret Service agent arrested as he ran for Oconee County sheriff says he'll ask for dismissal after learning a key audio recording has been altered.
The Anderson Independent Mail reports the attorney for James Bartee wants the charge scrapped because the evidence against the former sheriff candidate apparently was destroyed. Bartee attorney Jake Moore said the recording made by a microphone-wired informant has gaps that are inaudible at key moments.
Moore said investigators trumped up a charge of Bartee attempting to kidnap a judge because they didn't want him as sheriff.
Last year's Oconee County sheriff's race saw all four Republican candidates accused of some sort wrongdoing. All four men then were tossed off the ballot for faulty paperwork.