A new trial date has been set for suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch.
The case was originally set to hit the courtroom the week of Sept. 30, however, jury selection has been moved to Oct. 28. The trial is expected to begin Oct. 29 and last the remainder of the week. All motions will be heard Sept. 30.
As previously reported, Finch is accused of destroying documents following the arrest of a Liberty County man charged with having a concealed weapon without a permit. Finch says he believes in Second Amendment rights and felt the man never should have been charged. Finch was arrested June 4.
A standing-room only fundraising rally was held Saturday in Panama City with sheriffs flying in from all over the country to show their support for Finch. Law enforcement leaders came from as far away as Arizona, Delaware and Maryland. Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen spoke on Finch’s behalf, as did radio host Burnie Thompson who has been very vocal about his support for Finch. Thompson told supporters he is meeting with Governor Rick Scott this week to play a recording from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that he believes will help Finch’s case.