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Victor Hill back in court Friday

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JONESBORO, GA (CBS46) -

Clayton County's embattled Sheriff Victor Hill was in court Friday morning for a status hearing on his pending criminal trial

Hill's attorneys filed motions requesting the judge to remove Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson from the case.

"We are asking for an order formally recusing her from the trial because the special prosecutor listed her as a witness. We believe it's obvious she is no longer an advocate in this matter that," said attorney Steven Frey.

Special appointed prosecutor Layla Zon told Judge Albert Collier Lawson is no longer on the witness list.

"Lawson has not filed any motion to recuse herself from the court and that's because there is no conflict in her representation as a district attorney and prosecutor in this case," said Zon.

The judge denied Hill's request to remove Lawson then he surprised both sides by revealing his relationships with both Hill and Lawson.

"Tracy Graham Lawson, her husband and I sing in the choir together at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro," said Collier. "I've known Victor Hill since he was a uniformed police officer with the Clayton County police department."

Collier said he believes he can still be fair to both sides and doesn't think he should remove himself from the case. The state agreed with him. Hill's attorneys requested more time to consider whether or not they think the judge should be removed.

Collier gave them a week to make their decision.

Hill began serving a second term as sheriff in January 2013, despite facing felony racketeering and corruption charges, dating back to his first term in 2004.

Hill has called the charges politically motivated.

A trial date is set for Aug 5. The next motion hearing is Friday, Aug. 2 at 9 a.m.

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