Prosecutors drop 1 charge against suspended DeKalb CEO in extortion case


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DECATUR, Georgia — Prosecutors have dropped one of the criminal charges against the suspended CEO of DeKalb County.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the dismissed charge accused Burrell Ellis of canceling the contract of a former county insider when she wouldn't support his re-election ( ). Ellis' trial is scheduled to begin Monday, with 13 remaining charges.

The newspaper reports that court documents did not explain why prosecutors dropped the charge, and prosecutors declined comment because of a gag order in the case.

Ellis is accused of pressuring county vendors for campaign donations and has been indicted on more than a dozen charges including theft, extortion and conspiracy. Ellis has denied any wrongdoing.

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