Superseding indictment filed against Gillum, Lettman-Hicks days before trial
New indictment substantially the same, has two fewer charges
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A superseding indictment has been filed against former Tallahassee Mayor and Florida Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and former campaign advisor Sharon Lettman-Hicks.
The indictment was filed Tuesday morning and includes two fewer charges of wire fraud against them.
The charges that were dropped both involved wire transfers of $66,250 from Organization E to Lettman-Hicks’ public relations firm P&P Communications.
Gillum and Lettman-Hicks are now facing 19 charges instead of 21 and their trial is set to begin on Monday, April 17th.
One of Lettman-Hicks’ attorneys, Mutaqee Akbar, told WCTV there were “no surprises” in the new indictment, and his team doesn’t plan on delaying the trial.
Gillum’s legal team shared a statement with WCTV, calling the change a “frantic attempt...at the 11th hour.”
“The prosecution has been investigating this case for over 6 years and on the eve of trial, they just realized that their indictment had a huge problem. Their frantic attempt to fix it at the 11th hour isn’t going to work. We are looking forward to showing Andrew‘s innocence at trial. 2 down; 19 to go.”
A lengthy pre-trial hearing that started yesterday is now set to continue at noon on Thursday, with attention turning to the admissibility of a series of undercover FBI recordings.
WCTV will continue to check federal court records to see if the judge issues any rulings or if defense attorneys file any requests to delay the fast approaching trial.
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