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Commissioner wants to prove his innocence
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Claiming he was jumped by investigators from the bushes and that lawmen are wasting taxpayer money prosecuting him, County Commissioner Wayne Copeland is vowing to fight gambling charges against him to the bitter end.“The warrant against my client is vague and we intend to take this to preliminary hearing and to a jury trial if need be to prove Wayne’s innocence,” said attorney Ryan J. Moore after General Sessions Judge Bill Locke recused himself from the case, noting he has known Copeland much of his life and that General Sessions court is under the oversight of the Warren County Commission. Attorney Bratten Cooke has been assigned the case and will conduct a preliminary hearing for Copeland at 9 a.m., Sept. 29.Copeland faces gambling promotion charges after he was cited along with 21 other people when officers raided a building on Academy Lane last month. Officers said they received information the building was being used for illegal gambling.