Columbus attorney Mark Shelnutt, who was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges including money laundering and attempted bribery, appeared Wednesday night at The Loft to perform in the final round of the Rivertown Showdown.
Shelnutt was the first performer of the 13 finalists and sang two original songs. He made no comment about the charges against him.
The finalists were chosen from preliminary rounds that showcased nearly 50 artists. The winner receives a $1,500 prize package. Performers are judged on songwriting, vocal performance, instrumental ability, stage presence and audience response.
The indictment against Shelnutt alleges that he collected drug money owed to Torrance Hill, a former client who pleaded guilty to drug charges and was sentenced to 24 1/2 years in prison.
Check back with ledger-enquirer.com for the results of the competition.