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Prosecutor: Sheriff Hill took trips with two women at a time on county dime

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CLAYTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Opening statements kicked off in the Victor Hill case Thursday.

He is accused of running the sheriff's office like a criminal enterprise during his first term in office from 2004 to 2008.

Hill reclaimed the office last year despite being indicted and having his peace officer's certification suspended.

He's sheriff but he can't make an arrest or carry a gun.

"The state is going to argue and ask you to find the defendant guilty of stealing from you and stealing from Clayton County," Special Prosecutor Layla Zon told jurors.

Steven Frey, one of Hill's attorneys, countered during his opening statement.

"Hill is guilty of using that credit card to buy gas, but you will see all the gas is meager," said Frey. "Ms. Zon has the burden of proving that he's a thief."

"You're going to hear the sheriff exercised control over county employees. He made them do things and he personally benefited himself," said Zon.

"At the end of the day Hill is guilty of one thing, that's wanting his job back," Frey stated.

Hill sat and listened and tried his best to stay out of our camera's view while one of his attorneys and the prosecutor gave jurors a summary of their cases during opening statements.

Hill is facing multiple charges which include influencing witnesses and theft of county money and services.

He allegedly took trips with two women at a time on the county's dime.

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