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Attorney says charges dismissed against former Lyman mayor

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Rodney Turner (file/FOX Carolina) Rodney Turner (file/FOX Carolina)

The attorney for former Lyman mayor Rodney Turner said charges against him have been dismissed.

Turner was accused in August 2015 of wiretapping and misconduct in office. After serving as mayor since 2008, he was suspended shortly after being indicted by a grand jury on Aug. 21, 2015.

Warrants indicated Turner was accused of costing the town more than $200,000 in legal fees and wiretapping employees.

On Thursday, attorney Andrew Johnston said the charges were dismissed by the South Carolina Attorney General's Office due to lack of "prosectorial merit and/or evidence." Johnston said he never doubted his client's innocence and is delighted with the decision.

Turner released the following statement regarding the dropped charges:

“I have lost so much because of the actions taken against me by Town officials and SLED. Certain people tried to ruin my reputation for their own political and personal reasons. While I consider this dismissal of charges to be a complete vindication of my lifetime of public service; there is still damage that can never be repaired.”

FOX Carolina has reached out to Attorney General Alan Wilson's office for comment.

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