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August 21, 2003

Dougherty County - A pre-trial hearing for Bill Scheer. He's the Albany school teacher accused of killing his father 13 years ago.

Due to his arrest and subsequent trial, Bill Scheer had to use money from his late father's trust to pay his legal fees. His lawyer doesn't want that brought up at his second trial. On Thursday, Judge Stephen Goss gave permission to the state to continue talking about Bill Scheer's finances, for now. However, he stopped short of making an official ruling.

Dougherty County District Attorney, Ken Hodges, says, "We're gonna have plenty of evidence as we did in the first trial that the motive for the killing was for financial gain. I can't see for an instance where he would exclude the evidence." Scheer's lawyer, Pete Donaldson, says, "What I don't want to do is get into what it cost the defendant in this case before the jury. It doesn't have anything to do with the case in terms of what the issue is. We don't want that kind of evidence to clutter the record."

In May, Bill Scheer's trial ended with a hung jury, with eight jurors voting not guilty. He will be re-tried September 8th in Macon.

posted at 5:45PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com