Former Timmonsville court clerk on trial for forgery

Wilhelmena Washington is standing trial this week for two counts of forgery and two counts of misconduct in office.

The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) arrested her last November.

At the time, Washington was the Clerk of Court for the Town of Timmonsville. She was fired from that position in May.

State police say she forged Judge Lloyd Wilcox's signature to commitment and release paperwork for the Florence County Detention Center on inmate Willie Lee Robinson, Jr.

Washington's attorney Patrick McLaughlin says she has signed the judge's signature at least 70 other times and he has the documents to prove it.

He says Washington was under the impression that she was allowed to sign such paperwork.

Washington had no criminal intent. He says she she neither willfully attempted to defraud anyone nor willfully breached any duty, McLaughlin says.

The Attorney General's Office( is prosecuting the case. Megan Burchstead is the lawyer representing the state.

Burchstead says they've made attempts to negotiate with Washington, but didn't get anywhere.

Judge Michael Nettles is presiding over the case.

The trial is expected to wrap up Thursday.