Medford trial starts tomorrow

The long-awaited trial of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford on corruption charges starts tomorrow morning. Xpress will be on the scene, with daily online updates on the trial’s progress.

Meanwhile, for a quick primer on the case up to this point, see Xpress’ guide, including a profile of federal Judge Thomas S. Ellis, III.

In addition, The Xpress Files, our online archive of government papers, has a slew of documents related to the case in the court documents section, including a list of some of the trial evidence and the plea deals taken by former lieutenants Johnny Harrison and Ronnie “Butch” Davis (who were arrested with Medford), longtime political supporter Jackie Shepherd and former Hot Dog King owner Demetre Theodossis, among others.

The trial of Medford, along with former reserve Capt. Guy Penland, begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the Federal Courthouse in downtown Asheville.

— David Forbes, staff writer

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