State Attorney Jeff Ashton’s office has dropped one of the charges against former Expressway Authority Board member Scott Batterson.
During a hearing Monday afternoon in front of Judge Jenifer Davis, the state dropped one of Batterson’s two counts of receiving unlawful compensation by a public official from the June 4 indictment.
The prosecutor’s office said the change is not an indication the case has weakened.
Batterson’s attorney, Amy Tingley, had no immediate comment on the state’s latest move. The trial is set for later this month.
Batterson was indicted on three felonies in April, with the prosecutor’s office asserting that he offered the manager of a local engineering firm, Mark Callahan of CH2M Hill, a chance at an Expressway contract in exchange for the company hiring some of Batterson’s business associates.
The judge ruled Monday that a small portion of Callahan’s testimony is not admissible.
Batterson is also charged, along with former Legislator Chris Dorworth and Florida Department of Transportation employee Rebekah Hammond, of Sunshine law violations. Former Board member Marco Pena pleaded guilty to violation of Sunshine laws and paid a $500 fine in June.