Henry County Sheriff Starts Federal Trial

October 30, 2007

A former sergeant in the Henry County Sheriff's Department goes on trial, accused of lying to investigators concerning his involvement in drug trafficking.

Robert Keith Adams faces six charges, including assisting and concealing cocaine distribution, encouraging a witness to make false statements to investigators and making false statements himself.

Adams is the only one of 20 people indicted in the case last year to request a jury trial.

Adams, who was a school resource officer and the head of investigations, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. All of the other Henry County defendants have either pleaded guilty or entered pretrial diversion agreements that will drop their charges if they stay out of trouble for a year.

The disgraced sheriff, 68-year-old Franklin Cassell, starts an eight-month sentence today at a federal prison in Pennsylvania. He pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators.

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