Judge orders robbery trial for Missouri sheriff
CHARLESTON (AP) — A judge has dismissed an assault charge against a southeastern Missouri sheriff being investigated in the death of a Tennessee inmate but ordered him tried on a robbery count.
The Southeast Missourian of Cape Girardeau reports Associate Judge Gary Kamp's ruling followed a preliminary hearing Tuesday involving Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson.
Hutcheson is charged with seven felony forgery counts, seven misdemeanor tampering counts and a misdemeanor count of notary misconduct.
Kamp cleared Hutcheson of charges that he assaulted a 77-year-old woman in March by handcuffing her so hard that she suffered a heart attack.
Kamp last week denied a request to revoke Hutcheson's bond.
State prosecutors allege Hutcheson was involved in a May 5 jail altercation leading to the death of 28-year-old inmate Tory Sanders, of Nashville.
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