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Jury renews deliberations on ex-Lee County sheriff

Nov 9, 2010 4:09:00 AM - thestate.com
Jurors are scheduled to begin their second day of deliberations over the fate of a former Lee County sheriff facing dozens of federal charges including drug conspiracy and racketeering.

Jurors were told to return Tuesday to discuss the fate of E.J. Melvin after deliberating for more than eight hours Monday.

Melvin resigned in May after he and 11 others were charged with conspiring to deal drugs. During his two-week trial, prosecutors played taped conversations they said showed Melvin conspiring to extort money from drug dealers in exchange for protection from investigation.

Melvin's co-defendants testified against him. But his attorney says jurors shouldn't trust them because of deals cut with prosecutors. Melvin faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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