Darryl Daniels' trial scheduled for February

Former sheriff to face one charge of felony tampering, three misdemeanor charges for making false accusations to law enforcement

Clay Today
Posted 1/21/22

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The trial for former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels is set for Feb. 21, according to court documents.

The trial will get underway on Feb. 21 and jury selection is …

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Darryl Daniels' trial scheduled for February

Former sheriff to face one charge of felony tampering, three misdemeanor charges for making false accusations to law enforcement

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The trial for former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels is set for Feb. 21, according to court documents.

The trial will get underway on Feb. 21 and jury selection is scheduled to begin on Feb. 22.

Clay Today erroneously reported the trial was supposed to start on Jan. 21. 

Daniels will face charges he tampered with physical evidence and made three false reports to law enforcement authorities to cover up his extramarital affair with a former co-worker.

Daniels was arrested on Aug. 14, 2020, after he set up a meeting with his former mistress, Cierra Smith, in Oakleaf, then calling the Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies to have her arrested for stalking him, according to the arrest report.

Smith was released without being booked shortly after arriving at the jail. When the Florida Department of Law Enforcement launched an investigation, Daniels was accused of taking his cellphone to his agency and asking information technology agents to destroy any connections he had with Smith, FDLE said.

Daniels was running for re-election at the same time. His arrest came four days before the primary, and he still contends the charges, and the timing of the arrest, was designed to keep him from winning re-election.

Michelle Cook won the primary. Gov. Ron DeSantis quickly suspended Daniels from completing his term and he appointed Cook to take control a month ahead of her inauguration.

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