Special prosecutor continuing Flint water cases despite possible replacement

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FLINT (WJRT) (1/7/2019) - Special Prosecutor Todd Flood isn't making any comments about Friday's announcement. Newly-appointed Attorney General Dana Nessel has asked Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to take over for him.

Flood's actions in the courtroom show he's not stopping his work.

He secured what's expected to be key testimony from a former MDEQ employee with a plea agreement Monday.

Liane Shekter-Smith's defense attorney, Brian Morley, said the new administration may have influenced that.

"There's a lot of uncertainty right now that none of us know about. So, I think the timing was just right," he explained. "I actually post-election started thinking about. So, I think it just gained a little steam."

15 city and state workers have been charged with causing the Flint water emergency. Shekter-Smith is the 7th to take a plea.

Her testimony is expected to be used against the State Health Director at trial and possibly to bring charges against her former boss, Dan Wyant.

Other existing cases are also moving forward.

Dr. Eden Wells will soon head to trial. Her coworkers Nancy Peeler and Robert Scott are expecting a decision in their preliminary exam soon.

And, the two former emergency managers, Gerald Ambrose and Darnell Earley, along with Howard Croft, are back in court in the next two months.

Morley said if Kym Worthy accepts Todd Flood's position as special prosecutor, she'll have a lot of catching up to do.

He's thinking Flood should stay on as a resource, so Worthy wouldn't have to start all over.

"I've heard great things about her. Heard great things about her office. But, like I said, it took me a lot of work and a lot of time to begin to scratch the surface of this. This is complex stuff; and so, it's gonna be overwhelming to anybody," Morley explained. "But, like I said, their office handles complex things all the time. I'm sure if she wants to, she can."

It's not clear when Worthy will make a decision on whether or not she's accepting the position.

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