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Ex-mistress opens testimony in trial of former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels

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Cierra Smith testifies in trial of former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels.

After opening statements wrapped up Tuesday morning in the trial of former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels, his ex-mistress took the stand as the first witness.

Daniels was arrested in August 2020 after an investigation into an affair between Daniels and Cierra Smith, who was a corrections officer at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office when Daniels was director of the jail.

Daniels is accused of ordering one of his deputies to illegally arrest Smith for stalking him in 2019. Investigators say Daniels lied to them about the actions he took when the affair became public and had his phone scrubbed of incriminating communications.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner News4Jax.