Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Gilley is dehydrated, sent home by doctor
Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley never made it to his fifth day on the witness stand in a federal corruption case because he was dehydrated on Wednesday. He is expected to continue testifying this week.
Acting U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin said Gilley, a key government witness who has pleaded guilty in the corruption case, made it to the federal courthouse, but was ill and never made it to the stand.
Franklin said Gilley went to the doctor, was told he was dehydrated, and to rest and drink liquids for 24 hours.
Franklin confirmed, when asked by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, that it was unlikely that Gilley could continue testifying for 24 hours.
Thompson said they were going to call a witness out of order.
The prosecution called Bryant Raby, who said he took over four political action committees after his uncle Steve Raby decided to run for Congress in 2010.
Raby said those PACs received four $50,000 checks from Gilley.
Gilley testified he sent money through the PACs to Sen. Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb, a defendant in the federal corruption trial.
FBI Special Agent John McEachern, a lead agent in the corruption case, took the stand after Raby.
Posted by Monroe County Daily at 11:44 AM