Lake City Public Corruption Trial

Florence Morning news reports on Barbier’s opening statement in the Lake City public corruption trial.

FLORENCE — Prosecutors promised the jury in the trial of a former Lake City police officer Wednesday they would get a glimpse into the drug world of Lake City and how she shielded the corrupt authorities.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Debbie Barbier of the Columbia office said Shanita McKnight had power and was “absolutely corrupt.”

Barbier is prosecuting the case with Assistant U.S. Attorney Alfred W. Bethea Jr. of the Florence office before U.S. District Court Judge Terry Wooten. The jury consists of six men and six women, and the trial is expected to last as many as five days.

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