Sheriff plotted to kill deputy over recording of ‘racially insensitive’ comments: DA

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday after allegedly discussing killing a former deputy who he believed possessed an audio recording of him using “racially insensitive language.”

In a call from August 2014, Brindell was told by the unnamed person when and where he planned to carry out the killing, and Wilkens allegedly offered the man advice on how to get away with the murder.

It’s unclear what “racially insensitive” language Brindell believed was on the tape that he was so fearful would be released. His office is also facing a second investigation from the district attorney over “accounting practices and controlled substance interdiction efforts.”

Wilkins was released on $20,000 bond Monday after appearing before a Granville County judge. He is technically not barred from continuing to serve as sheriff while the case is ongoing, according to Freeman.

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