BLOG: Blakely trial moves into week 3


ATHENS, Ala. – Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely’s public corruption trial moved into week 3 on Monday.

Alabama’s longest-serving sheriff has now sat through five days of prosecutors from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office trying to persuade jurors that he misused his office and stole campaign funds.

On Monday, some of the court’s time was used to resolve an evidentiary issue brought up by the prosecution last week.

Monday’s testimony mostly came from the sheriff’s longtime clerk Debbie Davis and things got a bit complicated.

Blakely is charged with using sheriff’s office funds for a law enforcement conference in Las Vegas and also getting money sent to him from the office while he was out there.

The issue involving Davis is a receipt she produced last week, for what prosecutors said was the first time, that shows Blakely wrote a $945 check in December 2014, back to the office law enforcement fund to cover trip costs. That check was deposited in January 2015.

Davis says she thought she provided it, prosecutors pushed back on whether she was hiding anything and they questioned why Blakely needed $500 wired to him when he had $945 leftover. She told defense attorneys she wasn’t concealing anything.

A hearing on whether the receipt should remain in evidence is set for Tuesday morning.

App users, tap here to access the live blog of Monday’s proceedings.

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