Bar manager accused of spiking co-worker's drink

Bar manager accused of spiking co-worker's drink

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A Longwood bar manager is trying to clear his name.

Jeffery Roberson, 48, is the manager of Shovelhead Bar. He accused of spiking his co-worker's drink with illegal drugs.  Police point to surveillance footage taken from the bar, where the co-worker is enjoying a drink at the end of her shift.  Soon after that, she felt weird. Police say she called her boyfriend, fearing something bad happened.

Roberson was arrested in August and is facing a first-degree felony that could send him to prison for up to 30 years.

"I don't anticipate that happening,” said Roberson’s attorney Scott Richardson.

Richardson is challenging the state's tampering statue. He says it's vague and he's trying to clear his client's name. The defense and the state prosecutor argued Friday morning about Florida's food tampering statue. The state says it's perfectly clear but the defense disagrees.

"Mr. Roberson is challenging the constitutionality of the tampering statue. It's overboard, vague, and it doesn't define tampering and some other elements of the crime,” said Richardson.

Richardson says for the most part his client is a law-biding citizen.

"He might have some misdemeanors but no prior felonies,” stated Richardson. “He was honorably discharged from the marine core and has a stellar record as a local business man and a member of the community."

The state prosecutor declined to comment. Now it's up to the judge to decide whether or not the tampering statue is constitutional in this case, that decision will be made on July 30.

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