Shelnutt makes first court appearance since indictment

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Wednesday morning,  local attorney Mark Shelnutt, made his first court appearance since a federal indictment.

Shellnutt was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 21st on 40 counts -- including 31 counts of money laundering, three counts of false statements, one count of attempted bribery, and one count of witness tampering.

U.S. Magistrate G. Mallon Faircloth presided over the hearing where defendants are usually informed of their rights and of the charges against them.

Bond typically is discussed. But Shellnutt was never arrested.

Some of the charges stem from Shellnutt's representation of convicted drug dealer Torrance Hill.

Back in 2005, police arrested Hill as the ringleader of one of the biggest drug operations Columbus has ever seen, with $38 million in cash, marijuana and cocaine.

Wednesday, Shelnut denied the allegations and pled not guilty, but Judge Faircloth still made him pay a $50,000 bond.

His trial has been scheduled for September 8, 2009.

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