Former Lee County Sheriff E. J. Melvin has filed a motion for a new trial. Melvin claims the government did not sufficiently prove the charges, nor provide sufficient evidence to convict. Melvin has also asked for the judge to make a judgment of acquittal.
Columbia station WIS-TV reported Monday that Melvin has been transferred out of state to a new federal holding facility. U.S. Marshals have moved Melvin out of the Lexington County Detention Center to a facility in Irwin County, Georgia until sentencing because of security concerns. The sentencing was originally set for this month, but has been pushed back until the end of February.
The former sheriff was convicted in November of drug conspiracy, racketeering, money laundering, extortion, theft of public funds, and lying to the FBI.