Ex-chief's conviction reveresed

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of former Unadilla Police Chief Leonard Smith, who was sentenced to five years in prison in 2007 for charging two different police forces for the same hours.

Smith's attorney, Steve Hollomon, said Smith was not afforded an opportunity to know when the case accusing him of "false swearing" would be presented to the grand jury. Police officers accused of a crime have the right to make a statement to grand jurors when their case is presented.

The appeals court remanded the case to the Superior Court in Dooly County on Monday.

Smith was convicted of claiming simultaneous work hours at the Unadilla and Fort Valley police departments.

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