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Change of Plea Hearing Set for Jeremy Hutchinson

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Former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson has apparently struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors in Little Rock even before receiving a ruling on his motion to dismiss the indictment or suppress evidence handed over by his former mistress.

A change of plea hearing is scheduled for noon Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker, according to a docket entry posted Monday morning.

Exactly what Hutchinson will plead to is not known, and his defense attorney, Tim Dudley of Little Rock, declined to comment Monday morning. He is currently facing 12 felony counts of aiding and abetting wire fraud and filing false income tax returns in an August 2018 grand jury indictment that describes stealing campaign contributions, spending them on personal luxuries and expenses and falsifying state campaign finance reports and tax filings.

Judge Baker heard two days of testimony earlier this month on whether a laptop computer that Julie McGee delivered to the FBI belonged to her or was stolen from him. 

In a motion filed in February, available here, Hutchinson’s attorneys argued that charges in the case “are the result of an investigation that started with an illegal search of Mr. Hutchinson’s laptop and ended with the destruction of exculpatory evidence to cover up government misconduct.”

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