Court hearing delayed for Ohio sheriff who denied drug theft

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A suspended Ohio sheriff who denied stealing prescription drugs and misusing office funds will have his next court appearance delayed another day as observers wait to see whether he'll change his not-guilty plea.

Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer was scheduled for a change of plea Monday in Fremont, but that appearance has been changed to a pretrial hearing Tuesday.

Overmyer pleaded not guilty in August to six felony charges in a 43-count indictment. The two-term sheriff was charged with stealing medications from drug disposal boxes, deceiving doctors into giving him painkillers and misusing department funds.

A judge recently sent him back to jail after deciding he violated terms of his bond by contacting potential witnesses.

Overmyer has said the investigation was politically motivated.

He lost his re-election bid this month.
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