JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - A prosecutor told a jury that the case against Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill is simple: He's a thief. Prosecutor Layla Zon said during her opening statement Thursday that Hill used his office to steal money from the county and taxpayers. The 28-count indictment against him details ways the state says he used his office for personal gain.
Zon says that includes using county credit cards for vacations and having a county employee come to his house to write his autobiography. Hill was elected last year despite being under indictment on felony corruption charges. He wasn't in office when he was indicted in February 2012. The charges stem from his previous term as the county's sheriff, from 2005 to 2008. Defense attorneys maintain the accusations are attacks by political rivals.