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Prosecutor Elected as Judge Wins Final Case

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — This week’s trial of a Marshall County pharmacist was the final case for one of the prosecutors.

Assistant district attorney Mitch Floyd will be sworn in as a district judge in January.

“It was emotional for me before the closing arguments yesterday to know that was going to be the last time I stood for a jury and did a closing argument as an assistant district attorney,” Floyd said.

“After a week of trying a case, there was already a lot of fatigue and then thinking, reflecting on it being the last closing argument that I would stand and do, so it was emotional, but it was exciting at the same time too and I had to do my job,” he said.

The unlawful distribution trial of pharmacist Tim Bishop was particularly important to Floyd after two years of investigation and preparation.

He primarily handled drug cases but said Bishop wasn’t the everyday street corner dealer.

“[Bishop] was entrusted by people of this state with a license to practice as a pharmacist and he violated that trust and he used drugs to satisfy his own sexual desires and that just sickens me,” Floyd said.

The trial had several delays and if it did not happen when it did, Floyd would not have gotten to take part in the trial following his election as district judge.

He will also recuse himself from any cases on which he worked while at the DA’s office.

“As a prosecutor I pick a side in a case and I take that side and that position,” Floyd said.

“It’s going to be different and a learning experience for me to sit in the middle and call the balls and strikes and not be an advocate for one side or another.”

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