Trial for former Columbia Police Chief set for early October

Trial for former Columbia Police Chief set for early October

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A date has been set for the trial of former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott following federal prosecution asking for a continuance during his pretrial conference Thursday morning.

Federal prosecution requested a continuance to allow the discovery process of the case to continue. Scott’s pretrial was set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Judge Wooten set jury selections for October 7 and set the trail for October 8. Scott was expected in court Thursday after failing to attend substance abuse treatment and counseling.

A warrant was issued for Scott’s arrest to bring him to court. According to his probation officer, Scott failed to submit several drug tests over the past three months and four times since June. Records show that he tested positive for meth.

Scott is being charged with the use and possession of illegal drugs. failure to submit to drug testing, and failure to attend substance abuse treatment and counseling. Scott was arrested earlier this year on federal firearm charges and the previous year on drug and firearm charges. Scott is in the custody of Lexington County Detention Center.

Federal prosecutors expect the trial to last three days once it begins. Negotiations between the prosecution and defense are ongoing.

Scott has a bond revocation hearing scheduled for Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

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