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Fired Windermere Chief Daniel Saylor Pleads not Guilty on New Charges

The attorneys for fired Windermere police Chief Daniel Saylor were in court this morning asking the judge for more time to review the new charges filed against their client.

Saylor's attorney, Mark NeJame, told Orange Circuit Judge Jeffery Arnold that his client pleads not guilty to the new charges, which include bribery of a public servant, official misconduct, solicitation to commit official misconduct and solicitation to tamper with evidence.

The original charges against him are official misconduct and giving unlawful compensation for official behavior, both in connection with the investigation of Saylor's friend, Scott Bush, a Windermere man accused of child rape.

Saylor pleaded not guilty to those two charges.

The Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office charging document alleges Saylor offered Windermere Officer Irvin Murr time off with pay, a transfer off the night shift and a promotion or letter of recommendation to lie to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and destroy investigative notes in the case against Bush.

The new charges stem from an ongoing criminal investigation that became public Jan. 12 when Saylor was arrested on corruption charges.

NeJame told Arnold the new charges will require additional time to review so he couldn't estimate a trial date. Arnold said there could be new charges as the case develops.

However, NeJame said after the hearing that it's unclear if the state is "going to bring [additional] charges or not."

The defense attorney did not answer questions regarding the new charges, or the FDLE's audit that revealed guns, drugs and money routinely disappeared in recent years from the evidence locker at the Windermere Police Department.

Arnold set another hearing for June 10.

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