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Report: Former Sheriff's Candidate Plotted To Kill Judge, Informant Says

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A informant told a jury Wednesday that a former Oconee County Sheriff's candidate plotted to kill a former judge. Photo from Nathan Gary, Anderson Independent-Mail A informant told a jury Wednesday that a former Oconee County Sheriff's candidate plotted to kill a former judge. Photo from Nathan Gary, Anderson Independent-Mail

A informant told a jury Wednesday that a former Oconee County Sheriff's candidate plotted to kill a former judge.

According to our news coverage partners at the Anderson Independent-Mail, informant Nick Blackwell defended his version of how former sheriff's candidate James Bartee plotted to kidnap former judge James Williams over three days in May 2012.

According to the newspaper, the alleged plot finished with a conversation between the two men on May 30. The conversation, which was recorded by law enforcement officers, had Bartee acknowledging that kidnapping Williams would not stop a civil case on whether Bartee was eligible to run for the office.

The Independent-Mail reports that Blackwell explained how Bartee originally wanted to kidnap Williams, drive him to Asheville, and dump him out so he would miss the court case. Bartee was arrested on May 30 and charged with soliciting a felony after agents with SLED gathered the recordings detailing the plot.  

At the time of his arrest, Bartee was one of four candidates running for the Republican nomination, Williams had filed a motion questioning Bartee's eligibility to run for the position.

Prosecutors are expected to wrap up its case when the trial resumes for its fourth day at 9 a.m. Thursday. 

To read the rest of this article from the Anderson Independent-Mail, click here.

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