- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - A Florence lawyer already facing 15 charges related to a human trafficking ring has been indicted on an additional nine charges.

Media outlets report that a Lauderdale County grand jury on Tuesday indicted 51-year-old Edward Ray “Chip” Dillard on two counts of first-degree human trafficking, one count of second-degree human trafficking, two counts of bribing a witness, two counts of destruction of evidence and two counts of tampering with evidence.

The indictment includes an additional three victims, bringing the total victims thus far to nine.

The indictment says the bribery charges involve two of the victims, whose testimony Dillard tried to influence. It also says Dillard destroyed cell phones belonging to the victims in an effort to destroy evidence.

It’s unclear if Dillard has an attorney.


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