UPDATE: A judge will rule tomorrow on a motion from the attorney of suspended Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis asking to exclude some testimony from his upcoming trial.
His trial is expected to start on Monday.
GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Days before suspended Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis is expected to go to trial for obstruction of justice and misconduct charges, a court hearing was announced for Wednesday afternoon.
The hearing was an attempt on the part of Lewis’ attorney to suppress certain evidence in the upcoming trial. This made public even more secret recordings related to the case. This time between Lewis and his former assistant Savanah Nabors.
The two new recordings played in court gave another look into the alleged relationship between Lewis and Nabors.
Lewis’ attorney Rauch Wise saying in court that the alleged sexual encounters from a taxpayer funded trip to Charlotte should not be allowed into evidence during the trial because they did not happen in Greenville County.
16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett saying although the acts he claims support the counts in the indictment against Lewis happened elsewhere, it still breached his promise to the people of Greenville County.
Brackett saying in court that Lewis had a duty to the people and he could have abused his power anywhere. To support this he played two recordings of conversations between Lewis and Nabors that she secretly recorded.
“On paper we will have two rooms but we will only pay for one does that make sense?” Says Lewis in one of the recordings.
“Yes. Yes,” responds Nabors.
“ Yeah, so we will have two rooms that we’ll pay for, I will be staying in one room and you will be staying in another room. Not that anyone is going to know anyway,” said Lewis.
He says these conversations show Lewis willfully misused public resources for an adulterous relationship
In one of the recordings, Lewis is heard saying: “If want you to go because I just want us to be able to roll around a little bit. Just me and you, nobody else, not in the way. I want you to myself and I want us to just be able to sit around and drink on the beach on company time.”
Brackett saying it’s impossible for Nabors to tell her story as a witness and exclude what is alleged to have happened in Charlotte.
“It is the sun around which the rest of the evidence orbits,” said Brackett.
But, Wise says the Charlotte trip was not a misuse of funds since it was planned alongside the County Administrator.
The judge said he would email both parties his decision tomorrow.
Lewis’ trial is expected to start on Monday in Greenville County.
We will be in court for the hearing and we’ll bring you the latest on this as more information is released.