Darlington County sheriff sued by former lieutenant for second time

Darlington County sheriff sued by former lieutenant for second time

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – For the second time in four years, a former deputy with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office has filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Wayne Byrd.

On Tuesday, WMBF News asked Byrd about the lawsuit.

“We have not been served yet…with anything from Mr. Halls Attorney. I can’t really comment without seeing it.  It does not surprise me it’s the same type of things that we have been getting from that campaign and that camp the entire time they have been running so it’s just politics more of the same,” Byrd said

According to court documents filed June 10 in Columbia by attorney James Smith Jr., Michael Hall, a former Darlington County Sheriff's deputy, alleges that Byrd, "authored and published statements on more than one occasion claiming the plaintiff was guilty of abuse and misusing sheriff's department computers."

The allegations went on to state that Byrd claimed Hall was, "campaigning while on duty," the documents stated.

According to the lawsuit, Hall maintained the statements are, "absolutely false."

Byrd is currently up for re-election for Darlington County Sheriff.

"Indeed, (the) defendant was previously sued for making these statements in June of 2012 and he has republished the same … defamatory statements in May of 2016," the court documents stated.

In 2012, Hall sued Byrd, claiming the sheriff fired him and other deputies in an effort to keep an, "illicit affair," a secret.

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