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Four charges dropped against Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill

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Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, who won re-election in November despite facing a slew of felony charges including racketeering and corruption, went before a judge Friday morning in a pre-trial hearing.

The prosecutor dropped four charges against Hill. He is now facing 28 of the original 37 counts in the indictment.

The judge dismissed five charges in a previous hearing.

Hill was indicted during his election run in the summer of 2012. The felony counts stem from his previous term as sheriff from 2004 to 2008. He is accused of misusing county and campaign money for his own personal use.

After winning re-election in November, Hill was stripped of his powers to make arrests or carry a weapon, because his certification as a peace officer was stripped after he was indicted.

"The critical question in this case and what the jury is eventually going to have to decide after they hear the evidence and after they hear both of our arguments, is going to be can the sheriff or any other government, or official spend money that they have control over, that they are able to exercise control over on themselves for their own benefits?" said special prosecutor Layla Zon.

Jury selection for Hill's trial begins on Monday.

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