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Gov. Rick Scott suspends indicted Ocala sheriff, names replacement

Gov. Rick Scott suspended Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair from office Friday following his indictment by a grand jury on two felony counts of perjury for allegedly lying to the grand jury.

Blair is accused of lying about what he knew about a case in which his deputies allegedly used excessive force on a suspect, Dustin Heathman, who has filed a civil rights suit against Blair and the sheriff's office. Here's a copy of the indictment, courtesy of WFTV Orlando.

In Blair's place, Scott appointed Emery Gainey, a former chief of staff in the Alachua County sheriff's office who  works for Attorney General Pam Bondi as director of law enforcement relations, victim services and criminal justice programs. Scott's announcement said Rainey will serve as acting sheriff through November, when Marion County voters will elect a new sheriff.

[Last modified: Friday, May 20, 2016 7:00pm]


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