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Trial of suspended Marlboro County sheriff delayed again

Marlboro County Sheriff Charles Lemon at his arraignment hearing in December 2021 at the Florence County Courthouse.
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Marlboro County Sheriff Charles Lemon at his arraignment hearing in December 2021 at the Florence County Courthouse.

The federal court trial of a suspended sheriff accused of ordering an assault on an inmate has been delayed again.

Suspended Marlboro County Sheriff Charles Lemon was set to begin his criminal trial in Florence on Monday, but now that won’t happen until at least Aug. 13.

That’s because U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Dawson found that the court had not notified potential jurors in a timely enough manner.

Jury selection is now set to begin July 15.

This is the third time Lemon’s trial has been delayed, and the first time since his trial was moved from state to federal court in March.

Lemon stands accused of ordering a deputy to repeatedly shock a county inmate in 2020. The state Attorney General’s Office indicted Lemon in December, 2021.

Scott Morgan is the Upstate multimedia reporter for South Carolina Public Radio, based in Rock Hill. He cut his teeth as a newspaper reporter and editor in New Jersey before finding a home in public radio in Texas. Scott joined South Carolina Public Radio in March of 2019. His work has appeared in numerous national and regional publications as well as on NPR and MSNBC. He's won numerous state, regional, and national awards for his work including a national Edward R. Murrow.