Bishop Takes Stand in Own Defense

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Marshall County Pharmacist Tim Bishop took the stand Wednesday in his own defense.  Bishop is accused of trading prescription medications for sex.

On the stand, being questioned by his attorney Bruce Gardner, Bishop denied the charges and the allegations against him.  Bishop said that a woman, Courtney Williams, was lying when she testified Tuesday.

Williams said Bishop gave her pills like Loritab in exchange for sex.  She also said the first time she and Bishop had sex he paid her $1500.  Bishop denied that charge.

Under cross examination, District Attorney Steve Marshall played a recorded phone call between Williams and Bishop.   In the call, you can hear Williams and Bishop discuss medication.   Bishop also says he will put her some medication in a bag outside.  

Marshall used the phone call to imply that Bishop is not being truthful with his denials.   Bishop says the phone call is misleading because at some points in the recording he is talking to Williams but at other times to people who were in his store in Scant City.

Closing arguments and jury deliberations are expected on Thursday.