Witness testimony continues in trial of Limestone County Sheriff
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - UPDATE as of 11 a.m. - Wednesday morning started with Debbie Davis taking the stand. Davis is the Chief Clerk for the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.
Davis talked about the different funds in the Sheriff’s Office she oversees and those she does not.
Davis alleges Sheriff Mike Blakely took out IOUs on a particular fund. During her testimony, she insinuated it seemed to be a regular occurrence for Sheriff Blakely to take money out of the pistol permit fund. When asked if other law enforcement officials take IOUs on that fund, she stated in court that they do; however, the state pushed further about this after showing her she had stated differently in the past. Davis said others do, just not regularly.
Davis also talked about how the finances behind sending law enforcement to a conference works, and the per diem the law enforcement official gets for attending conferences.
Davis was questioned if she knew that Sheriff Blakely was wired some money at one of the conferences, to which she replied no. This was a conference that she was responsible for making sure got paid.
Davis also admitted to using her personal funds to wire transfer Sheriff Blakely’s money while he was allegedly at a conference.
ORIGINAL: The trial of Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely continues with witness testimony on Wednesday morning.
Tuesday’s court proceedings started with a hearing to talk about state witness Trent Willis.
Willis is the founder and CEO of Red Brick Strategies. He alleged he worked on Blakely’s previous campaign. Sheriff Blakely’s defense attorneys stated they feel Willis is not a credible witness.
An investigation into Willis is ongoing related to a campaign theft having nothing to do with Sheriff Blakely’s case.
The defense team has filed multiple motions for a mistrial throughout the case. Each one of those has been denied.
A former jail accountant clerk also testified during Tuesday’s court proceedings. She stated the sheriff would regularly take money that belonged to inmates in a safe, but that she would mark an IOU. That former jail accountant clerk testified that Sheriff Blakely never paid those back immediately.
Watch for more updates later today in this story.
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