Judge denies Shelnutt's motion

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Tuesday, Mark Shelnutt appeared in federal court facing 40 federal charges.

Shelnutt is accused of money laundering, witness tampering and attempted bribery -- all connected to one of the biggest drug busts Columbus has ever seen

Tuesday morning, he pushed to get that money laundering charge dismissed. But a judge  denied his motion.

So far, FBI witnesses have taken the stand testify.

We have a crew in the coutroom taking notes. Look for a full report beginning on News Leader 9 at Five.