Update at 2:45 PM. The prosecution rested. Judge Kidd denied a defense motion for a directed verdict. The prosecution did not call former Downtown Jackson Partners secretary Linda Brune to testify. Will she testify as a surprise rebuttal witness?
Here are the latest updates on the trial of Ben Allen. Defense got on the board yesterday while attorney John Reeves and our illustrious District Attorney are trying to do their best impression of the Freebirds this morning.
Our Conscience-in-Chief, Jerry Mitchell, provided these updates on Twitter this morning:
John Reeves, former DJP board member, says, "Ben Allen ran the show."
Defense lawyer Charles R. Mullins called DA's request "outlandish" and not covered by any rule
DA is trying to call Ben Allen's lawyer, Merrida Coxwell Jr., as witness, claiming he admitted Allen was guilty of a crime.
Now the prosecution is saying it wants to call a lawyer as a witness.
Defense deals serious blows to Ben Allen's prosecution. Here's the latest on
Defense scores a point. Audit official says he found no proof that Ben Allen embezzled any of $140K in DJP sponsorships
Othor Cain posted this short video of the testimony of Tameka Garrett and several updates on his Facebook page. She is the daughter of Socrates Garrett.
Derrick Garner dealt a serious blow to the prosecution today.
Garner, who works for the state Auditor's office, was a witness for the state/prosecution and repeatedly said during cross examination by defense attorney Mullins that "Allen didn't embezzle money as alleged in several counts of the ten-count indictment."
Robert Smith, Hinds County District Attorney is conducting the redirect now in an attempt to salvage Garner's previous testimony.
Garner has been the lone witness today, Day 2 of the trial of Downtown Jackson Partner's executive director/president Ben Allen....
Count 2, Garner's answer is again (third or fourth time he's answered like this) based on his investigation Allen didn't embezzle the money because of receipts shown and DJP signing off on it.
Garner however concludes based on his interpretation of the law it was public money and Allen used it for personal gain, it becomes embezzlement...
Defense attorney Mullins said he's getting bogged down with public/private and redirected him to say "based on his investigation Allen didn't embezzle the money as charged in count two."
Garner just admitted that his investigation did not conclude that Allen made false statements as charged in indictment number 9 to receiving 65K for a business incubator program....
Garner, who is with the state Auditor's office, just admitted again that his investigation didn't find that Allen embezzled any of the money labeled as sponsorships in count 8 of the ten-count indictment....
Garner admits that based on his investigation, he found no evidence that Allen embezzled the 86K associated with Mayor Yarber's inauguration gala....
Oct 21, 2015, the date Garner turned his files in and halted his investigation. Garner didn't interview several key members with DJP.
Garner admits there are a ton of documents that could change the numbers presented in the indictment that he DID NOT REVIEW!...
Garner just testified that $86K was raised and documented for the inauguration gala for Tony Yarber and that this money was collected by DJP...
He then said of that $86K, $44K is unaccounted for. Garner said no receipts, only checks were written(as expenses associated with gala), without supporting documents.....There will be more to come. Stay tuned.