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Suspended Sheriff James Metts "absolutely" pleased trial moved up

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A judge moved up the trial against suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts during a brief hearing Wednesday.

The trial is now expected to begin on Jan. 12, 2015 with jury selection on Jan. 7, 2015. During last month's pre-trial hearing, both sides requested to send a specialized questionnaire to potential jurors.

The judge also wanted to ensure pre-trial matters in both sides of the case are taken care of before the trial begins.

Metts left the courtroom on Wednesday "absolutely" pleased with the results. 

Metts was suspended from office in July after his indictment on public corruption charges. He has since been released from jail on a $100,000 bond.

Metts last appeared in court in mid-September and told reporters he was confident that he would win his case."This trial is nothing more than an attempt to discredit me, and we're going to prove, through our attorneys, that we are innocent as we've always been," Metts said after Wednesday morning's hearing. "Justice, I believe, will prevail."

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