Both sides in the case against former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker presented their opening statements Tuesday
It was day one of the trial against former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker on Tuesday, where jurors had the opportunity to listen to opening statements.
Prosecutors representing the state and Parker's lawyers both summarized to the jury their sides on the eight counts against Parker for misconduct, furnishing contraband to inmates and embezzlement.
Prosecutors strongly believe the evidence will show Parker became power-hungry, while the defense claims the state is who wants the power to tell Parker how to run his department.
"It's not about the power, it's about the people.' However, you'll see that Sam Parker strayed from that platform that he initially ran on and to him it became all about the power, despite the people," said prosecutors with Attorney General Alan Wilson's Office."
"This indictment is about contracts, regulatory violations and policy violations. When you boil it down, everything she just told you fits into those three categories," said one of Parker's defense lawyers.
Wayne Jordan was the first of what is expected to be many witnesses called to testify in the case that could take more than a week to present.
When questioned, Jordan became visibly emotional saying he didn't like being there in "any way, shape or form."
Parker is accused of providing guns to friends who aren't deputies, giving certain freedoms like unsupervised visits and alcohol to inmates who worked for him and pocketing government money.