Fmr. SC State Police Chief Testifies at Trial

Jurors in the federal trial of the former South Carolina State University Board Chair heard more about a failed land deal Tuesday.

Pinson has been indicted on 52 charges, including wire fraud.

Testimony by multiple witnesses surrounded a $3 million dollar land deal in Orangeburg County called the Sportsmen Retreat, owned by Richard Zahn. In a reported deal, if SC State bought the land, Pinson would receive a Porsche and former SC State Police Chief Michael Bartley would receive $30,000.

Bartley plead guilty in January of 2013 and testified to his involvement. Zahn plead guilty one month after Bartley and also testified.

The two men also testified to an earlier story provided by witness Dr. Charles Smith where a group-- including Mayor Steve Benjamin--went to a strip club in Orlando and brought two young girls back to the hotel.

Zahn testified that he gave the two girls money while at the club and also paid them an additional $1,000 to come back.

Bartley testified today that Pinson told him if anybody asked, Benjamin didn't go to Orlando.

Benjamin may be called on as a witness. He issued a statement last week saying he wouldn't speak about the claims until the trial concludes or if he testifies.


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