The former Georgia City Police Chief and two members of his family have been acquitted of conspiracy and other charges

WHITE, Georgia (AP) – A former police chief, a police officer and a town clerk in a small northwest Georgia town have each been acquitted of numerous charges, including racketeering.

Former White City Police Chief David King, his son-in-law, Officer Black Scheff, and King’s wife, Jane Richards – who served as township clerk and city manager – were acquitted in separate trials of charges including conspiring to illegally profit from their positions from August 2009 until December 2017.

An indictment said the three “entered into a subpoena plan involving issuing city subpoenas and demanding heavy fines and fees.” They were also charged with theft through theft, theft of services and attempted document destruction to cover up evidence.

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King was found not guilty Monday after a nine-day trial. Last month, Scheff and Richards were found not guilty in separate trials.

“The racketeering indictment read like a novel, but when it came to evidence, there was very little evidence,” said attorney Lester Tate, representing King WAGA TV.

“What this really was was an attempt to blame all the evils of the City of White government, including the police station and police officers, on David King and his family,” Tate said.