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MARK SHELNUTT ACQUITTAL: Timeline of case

May 21: Mark Shelnutt is indicted by a federal grand jury. The indictment alleges a connection between Shelnutt and Torrance Hill.

June 3: Shelnutt pleads not guilty at his first appearance hearing before U.S. Magistrate G. Mallon Faircloth.

Nov. 9: After 10 hours, a 12-member jury and four alternate jurors are selected from a pool of more than 100 candidates.

Nov. 10: After opening statements from both sides, the prosecution calls three witnesses, including Tamika Hill, the ex-wife of Torrance Hill. Jurors watch secret videos of conversations between Hill and Shelnutt.

Nov. 11: The prosecution calls three witnesses linked to Torrance Hill’s drug organization, including Choici Lawrence, Shawn Bunkley and Latea Davis, Hill’s former girlfriend.

Nov. 12: Torrance Hill testifies that he paid Shelnutt more than $250,000 to represent him.

Nov. 13: After prosecutors call their last witness, Judge Clay Land dismisses a witness tampering count against Shelnutt and says he has “concerns” about the government’s case.

Nov. 15: Judge Land dismisses three more counts against Shelnutt, and the defense rests after about five hours of presenting its case.

Nov. 16: Lawyers on both sides present their closing arguments, and Land gives the case to the jury.

Nov. 17: The jury delivers its verdict, finding Shelnutt not guilty on all 36 of the remaining counts.

Complied by Ledger-Enquirer staff

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