Trial begins for 2008 election fraud charges

Two people involved in St. Joseph County’s high profile election fraud case are set to appear in court on Monday when their trial begins.

In total, four people, including Dustin Blythe and former Democratic Chairman Butch Morgan, are accused of forging signatures on petitions to get Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton placed on Indiana Ballots in 2008.

Dustin Blythe and former Democratic Chairman Butch Morgan pleaded not guilty to the charges and will take their battle to the court on Monday. Blythe faces felony forgery charges, while Morgan faces charges of conspiracy to commit petition fraud and conspiracy to commit forgery.

Bev Shelton and Pam Brunette were also accused on forging signatures and pleaded guilty to their charges. Sentencing is set for May 9 for both Shelton and Brunette.

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