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Victor Hill still hopeful under indictment

11:19 AM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
Re-elected Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill (File Photo)
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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Victor Hill is poised to win the sheriff's election in Clayton County despite a felony indictment.

But the charges could ultimately lead to him being suspended or tossed from office.

Hill lost his bid to be re-elected as Clayton County's sheriff in 2008. But he ran again and defeated incumbent Kem Kimbrough in a runoff in August. Now he's the only candidate on the ballot. And his only opposition is the current chief deputy, Garland Watkins, who has mounted an aggressive write-in campaign.

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Hill could be tossed from office if convicted because state law says a sheriff cannot ever be convicted of a felony. His certification as a peace officer must be reinstated within six months of him taking office.

(Associated Press)

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