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A judge has dismissed an extortion charge against Commissioner Tim Boyd.

The order was filed Dec. 20 and signed by Judge Andrew Freiberg, according to court records.

Boyd was indicted in April 2018 and accused of threatening then-campaign opponent Brent Lambert, the outgoing East Ridge mayor, to drop out of their race for the Hamilton County Commission District 8 seat. Boyd ultimately won the Republican primary the next month.

Extortion is a felony and Boyd could have faced two to four years in prison if convicted.

At the time, Boyd called the indictment a political attack and blamed his opponent.

He went to trial in October 2018, but a mistrial was declared after the jury deadlocked.

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