AG's office explains why it will try former Timmonsville clerk of court a third time

The South Carolina Attorney General's Office has been criticized by Florence City Councilman Ed Robinson and Timmonsville Mayor Darrick Jackson for trying Wilhelmena Washington a third time.

Washington, the former Timmonsville Clerk of Court, will be tried for a third time on charges of Forgery and Misconduct in Office after her second trial ended in a mistrial in July, according to the South Carolina Attorney General's Office Communications Director.

The Communications Director for the SC Attorney General Office, released this statement to WPDE NewsChannel 15 regarding their intentions to try Washington again:

"The Attorney General's Office is moving forward with a third trial because we believe Ms. Washington is guilty of the crimes charged against her," said Mark Powell.

Many have questioned how much it's costing the state to prosecute Washington again.

The communications director says it doesn't have any figures on cost.

"As for costs, with more than 7,000 active cases currently pending, the Attorney General's Office simply doesn't have the capabilities or the resources to determine the cost of individual cases," explained Powell.

A new trial date has not been set for Washington.

She's accused of signing a judge's signature to release paperwork for a Florence County Detention Center inmate, which she says she's done many times before with the judge's approval.

Washington's first trial on the charges last November ended in a hung jury.