Attorney General's office to retry former Timmonsville clerk of court a third time

Wilhelmena Washington, the former Timmonsville Clerk of Court, will be tried for a third time after her second trial ended in a mistrial last week, according to the South Carolina Attorney General's office Communications Director.

Washington is charged with Forgery and Misconduct In Office.

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 his approval.

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

Washington's attorney Patrick McLaughlin issued a statement to WPDE NewsChannel 15 upon learning the State would retry Washington.

"If the Attorney General's office has made the decision to prosecute this case yet a third time, we are incredibly disappointed. Ms. Washington has lived with these charges hanging over her head for 634 days and through two trials. A decision to pursue yet a third trial should lead any reasonable person to question the priorities of the Attorney General's office, as well as their motivations in continuing to drag this poor lady through court," said McLaughlin.

We will let you know when a new trial date is set.