Medford trial: A parade of sheriffs

Government prosecutors finished presenting their federal corruption case against former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford Thursday morning.

The government’s last witness was Jim Lindsey, another former video-poker-machine operator, who testified that he loaned Medford money for a personal vacation and gave money to Medford’s golf tournaments in both election and non-election years.

After a morning break, the defense will begin presenting its case. Defense attorney Steve Lindsay said his first witness would be Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan, a deputy under Medford who beat him in the 2006 elections. Also listening in court this morning was Rutherford County Sheriff Jack Conner. Conner has cooperated with federal agents in their sweeping investigation into illegal gambling across Western North Carolina.

— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor


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