Crime

Ex-Clay Co. election officer jailed

A former Clay County election officer charged in a vote-fraud case has been jailed for allegedly having improper contact with a potential witness.

William Stivers was released on bond earlier this year after being charged in the vote case. He was ordered not to have any contact with potential witnesses or victims in the case, and not to break any laws.

However, Stivers recently asked a potential witness if he would provide certain testimony. In addition to the improper contact, that appeared to break the law against trying to influence witness testimony, probation officer Brian Rains said in a court document.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Wier issued a warrant for Stivers.

Stivers is charged with several former and current public officials with allegedly conspiring to buy votes between 2002 and 2007. They have denied the charges and are scheduled for trial in January.

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