Judge appoints special prosecutor in Petersburg drug case

Judge appoints special prosecutor in Petersburg drug case
Petersburg Bureau of Police (Source: NBC12)

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A special prosecutor will take over a Petersburg drug case that has sparked allegations of police misconduct.

Retired Henrico judge Catherine Hammond announced on Tuesday she's appointing a special prosecutor out of Powhatan to hear the case, because all three Petersburg Circuit Court judges felt they could not preside over this case. Judge Hammond also decided the Petersburg Commonwealth's Attorney's Office is not allowed to work on the case anymore.

The case centers around a family involved in a video that went viral last year showing Petersburg Police making arrests at a home on Rome Street.

Several month later, Petersburg officers went back to that house to execute a search warrant. A confidential informant told Detective Shane Noblin he observed Jeffrey Fisher selling drugs. Police say they found cocaine and guns in the home. Fisher even entered a plea in court, but did not admit his guilt.

Then, one day before sentencing, the defense told the court it had new information and began raising questions about illegal police tactics. At this point, no one has revealed what police are accused of doing.

Judge Hammond also ordered sealed transcripts from a court hearing on October 20 to be opened and on the public record.

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