Former Manning Police Chief Shaffer granted a continuance in his trial until July

He was arrested on federal charges in January by FBI

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 3/15/19

CHARLESTON - A continuance was granted Thursday morning in the federal trial of former Manning Police Chief Blair Shaffer.

Cody Groeber, a public defender for the Ninth Circuit Court, who is representing Shaffer, asked U.S. District Judge Bruce …

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Former Manning Police Chief Shaffer granted a continuance in his trial until July

He was arrested on federal charges in January by FBI

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CHARLESTON - A continuance was granted Thursday morning in the federal trial of former Manning Police Chief Blair Shaffer.

Cody Groeber, a public defender for the Ninth Circuit Court, who is representing Shaffer, asked U.S. District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks for the continuance at the beginning of what was scheduled as the first day of Shaffer's trial on multiple federal charges.

Hendricks granted the request and tentatively scheduled Shaffer's trial for her next term of court, which is slated to begin July 12 with jury selections. A date for Shaffer's pre-trial hearing has not been set.

Shaffer was arrested on Jan. 7 by FBI agents on multiple federal indictments including money laundering, theft of federal funds and providing false statements after his arrest. According to the indictments against Shaffer, he has been charged with taking more than $75,000 in public funds between September and November 2015.

Shaffer was released from jail on Jan. 7 and remains free on bond pending the outcome of his trial.

Shaffer's arrest came only five months after his job as Manning police chief was terminated by city officials. Shaffer fought his termination by requesting a hearing before the city's Grievance Committee. The committee sided with the former chief and recommended that his job be reinstated. Manning City Council voted against the recommendations of its Grievance Committee and voted to affirm Shaffer's termination.