Judge denies motion for mistrial in Shelnutt case

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COLUMBUS,GA (WTVM) – Wednesday morning, Judge Clay Land denied a motion for mistrial for defense attorney's Mark Shelnutt's money laundering case.

Defense wanted to bring the jury back in to clear up what they thought was a conflict the prosecution presented during their rebuttal in closing arguments Tuesday.

The defense claimed the prosecution intentionally calculated a misleading argument concerning testimony from Torrence Hill's ex-wife Tamika Hill.

She told the court Shelnutt showed her a list of names to collect drug money.

The defense claimed that the prosecution tried to splice two recorded conversations together to make it look like Shelnutt was referring to the list when in fact he was referring to a written letter.

The judge did allow the defense to make an argument after the jury's verdict as a means for a possible mistrial.

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