Today, Warner Robins City Councilman John Williams makes another appearance in Federal Court.
He made a plea to Judge Charles Weigle for a court appointed attorney. Williams says losing the election on Tuesday will cost him thousands of dollars in income, which he says will put him at a disadvantage when he tries to prove his innocence.
Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury a month ago on charges of extortion, making false statements to the FBI, and tampering with a witness.
These allegations came after an investigation revealed Williams received a payment of $1,720 from a vehicle sale to the Warner Robins Police Department.
Williams tells 41NBC these charges were a political ploy to get him out of office, and he believes the charges will all be dropped.
"It's politically motivated and I'm 100% innocent of wrong doing. If you think about it when I came into office we were fixin' to spend $11 million for a law center on property we already owned; I stopped that, and now we are building a $7 million one..the same building and having to pay $1 million for property. So there's $4 million missing somewhere. When it comes down...the truth comes out... it is what it is, but it won't be me in jail," says Williams.
Williams was granted a court appointed attorney at the hearing. Trial for this case is set to start January 23rd.