Indictments dismissed against former court clerk

Judge Knox McMahon dismissed two recent indictments against Wilhelmena Washington during a hearing Wednesday morning in Lexington, according to Washington's attorney Patrick McLaughlin.

In November 2011, the State Law Enforcement Division arrested Washington on accusations she forged Judge Lloyd Wilcox's signature to commitment and release paperwork for an inmate at the Florence County Detention Center.

At the time, she was the court clerk for the Town of Timmonsville.

In March, the State indicted Washington for an additional count of Forgery and an additional count of Misconduct in Office.

Judge McMahon dismissed those charges on grounds the indictments were insufficient. But Washington will be tried on the other count of Forgery and Misconduct In Office.

Her trial is scheduled for July 22 in Florence County.

Washington's first trial ended in a mistrial last November.

The South Carolina Attorney General's Office is prosecuting the case.

Washington's attorney filed a motion for all of the charges to be dismissed because he felt the state only indicted his client because she would not help with other criminal investigations in Timmonsville.

He called the motive behind the State's prosecution of Washington retaliation.

Attorneys for the state say Washington was indicted because she committed a crime.