JONESBORO, Ga. -- More than 300 potential jurors are set to be summoned to the start of the trial of Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill on August 5.
The judge in the case, Superior Court Judge Albert Collier told the court he has already sent notes to the potential jurors to avoid pre-trial publicity in the case.
Hill is being tried on charges related to alleged corruption during his first term in office, which ended more than four years ago.
Collier ordered Hill to appear at Friday's pre-trial hearing. Hill had avoided coming to previous hearings in the case, allowing his defense attorneys to speak on his behalf. Hill's first act in Friday's hearing was to object to the presence of cameras in the courtroom. Collier denied Hill's objection.
At Friday's hearing, Collier disclosed potential conflicts he said he might have in trying the case. He said he has worked on cases in the past with Hill as a police officer. Collier also said he sings with District Attorney Tracy Graham-Lawson and her husband in their church choir.
Collier asked attorneys for both sides to decide by next Friday if, given these disclosures, they would object to his hearing the Victor Hill case.
Defense attorney Steve Frey said his side was not interested in a delay.
"We're innocent," Frey said. "We don't want a delay."
Frey agreed to the Friday deadline set by Collier.