BRISTOL, Fla. (AP) -- Prosecutors say suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch tried to orchestrate a cover-up in order to hide his decision to intervene in a gun case in this small rural county.
But during opening statements on Tuesday an attorney for Finch said that the state had little proof that Finch destroyed or altered public records connected to the case.
Finch was first elected in November 2012 and is on trial for official misconduct and falsifying public records.
Finch has said he believes in 2nd Amendment gun rights and freed Floyd Eugene Parrish after one of his deputies arrested Parrish for carrying a gun without a concealed weapons permit.
Finch's trial has attracted attention among conservative media outlets and gun rights activists. It also has divided this county just west of Tallahassee.