By: Emily Johnson September 30, 2013
Liberty County, FL – The former sheriff of Liberty County Nick Finch is set to stand trial at the end of next month.
He’s accused of freeing a man who’d been arrested on weapons charges and then altering jail record to reflect Floyd Parrish was never there.
Monday his attorney’s claimed no one can prove Finch whited out the logs himself or ordered anyone else to do it. They tried to convince a judge that the jail logs in question were not public records.
“I think it’s significant here that the log entries were never completed. For example on the booking log Mr. Parrish’s name and some of the other information was put in that log the date he was being booked was never entered by the jail,” says Defense Attorney Larry Simpson.
Both sides agreed that Sheriff Finch had the authority to let Parrish go, but prosecutors argued that the logs were public records and they should be albe to argue to the jury those should never have been altered.
Now it’s up to a jury to decide if the former sheriff falsified or destroyed public records.
“What’s important about today’s ruling is that it’s going to go to a jury and they’re going to be able to hear the facts and the truth of what happen,” says State Attorney Jack Campbell.
The jury selection starts October 27Th and the trial begins October 28Th.