Chesterfield Sheriff Takes the Stand

Chesterfield, SC (WLTX) The trial against former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker continued Wednesday with Parker taking the stand to testify.

Parker was indicted on eight counts last year after he was accused of pocketing county money and allowing two inmates to stay at the armory instead of the detention center.

Prosecutors say those inmates had access to internet, alcohol and conjugal visits in exchange for helping the sheriff fix things at work and at his home.

Parker testified that he didn't know a lot of these things were going on until the investigation and that he wasn't aware any laws were being broken. The prosecution put Parker through a round of intense questioning that focused on why he -- as the overseer of the jail -- didn't know what the laws surrounding a jail are, but Parker said that was not his area of expertise and he hired someone to do that.

"I hired a trained person, Ricky Rollins, that I depended on and devoted my time to," Parker said. "In his situation I would send him to any training, any conference, anything that I could possibly send him to so that he kept me up-to-date on what was going on inside the jail."

Both sides will present their closing arguments Thursday.


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