Along with State Attorney Glenn Hess, Greg Wilson has called on 1st Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Eddins and Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford to show up for questioning.
PANAMA CITY — The former second-in-command of the State Attorney’s Office, who later was accused of helping jail inmates pass notes, has called on his former boss and political rival to answer questions in his criminal case, according to court records.
Greg Wilson, 46, filed the notice Tuesday that he would be taking depositions of several high-ranking law enforcement officers, including State Attorney Glenn Hess. Months after being defeated in the primary election by Hess, Wilson was arrested on charges that he helped inmates at the Bay County Jail pass notes and then lied about it.
However, prosecutor Jack Campbell has argued against calling Hess as a witness and filed a motion to quash the subpoena issued by Wilson, saying Florida’s constitutional officers are generally exempt from testifying in cases like this.
“In the rare case in which the defense believes it has a basis for taking the prosecutor’s deposition, the defense must first exhaust less intrusive discovery methods, and then make a showing of necessity and materiality, and that the interests of justice require this extraordinary step,” Campbell wrote. “There is no legitimate purpose to these depositions and the Defense has not even attempted to raise one with the Court. As such, they should be stricken.”
Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet has yet to weigh in on the issue, and a date for a decision has not been announced. Wilson’s subpoena calls on the depositions to take place July 16.
Along with Hess, Wilson has called on 1st Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Eddins and Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford to show up for questioning. The move is another turn in the winding criminal case against the once-deputy chief prosecutor in the circuit.
Wilson has been facing a felony count of introduction of contraband into the jail and a misdemeanor count of perjury since October at the conclusion of a BCSO investigation.
BCSO took a sworn statement from Wilson on Sept. 29, asking if he knew about two inmates — sisters Clista Robbins and Christy White — passing notes, or “kites,” while meeting with him at separate times in a jail interview room. Wilson denied under oath the allegations as “absolutely false.”