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Criminal charges against Brian Aldridge dropped

Rep. Brian Aldridge (unknown, © GIL FORD PHOTOGRAPHY, INC1048 GREYMONT AVE.JACKSON, MS 39202)
Rep. Brian Aldridge (unknown, © GIL FORD PHOTOGRAPHY, INC1048 GREYMONT AVE.JACKSON, MS 39202)
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Updated: 8/08 9:22 am
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Attorney General says criminal charges against State Representative Brian Aldridge have been dropped.

Jim Hood says the key witness in the grand larceny case against Aldridge died earlier this year.

Aldridge and his parents, Louis and Janice Aldridge, were indicted on charges they took money and other items from Florence Aldridge without her permission.

Hood says Florence died in April.

He says without her testimony, there would be no way link a particular check listed in the grand larceny indictment against Representative Aldridge.

The attorney general says the testimony given during a chancery court hearing seeking reimbursement of the missing money and items
is enough to continue embezzlement proceedings against Louis and Janice Aldridge.

The motion to dismiss has been filed with a circuit court judge, and they are waiting his approval.

Aldridge was ordered by a chancery court judge to repay over $200,000 to his aunt.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld the reimbursement ruling in March.
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