First on WSFA 12 News: Prosecution successful in getting Gilley's bond revoked

Ronnie Gilley (2nd from left) and his attorneys enter the federal courthouse in Montgomery 2/7/11.
Ronnie Gilley (2nd from left) and his attorneys enter the federal courthouse in Montgomery 2/7/11.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Prosecutors in a federal corruption investigation of Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley were successful in getting the Dothan man's bond revoked Monday. He is now in the Montgomery City Jail.

The prosecution accused Gilley of trying to stop his former lobbyist, Jarrod Massey, from testifying in the corruption case. Massey was in the courtroom and took the stand Monday.

The prosecution laid out its case against the embattled Dothan developer. The defense is slamming Massey, the government's star witness, as being unreliable because he's been involved in illegal activity for years.

Massey said on the stand that for years he gave $1,000 cash each month to Rep. Terry Spicer - who is not charged - to compel others in the legislature to use his consulting services. The argument is over how that could negatively impact Massey's character.

WSFA 12 News has attempted to contact Mr. Spicer, but has not received a response from him ragarding Massey's accusations.

Both Ronnie Gilley and Jarrod Massey are said to have spoken to Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, who they did not know was wearing a wire. Beason was allegedly offered $1 million per year for his public relations firm if he were to vote for the pro-bingo legislation. It is unclear who exactly the money would come from.

There was also discussion about the nature of how Ronnie Gilley and Jarrod Massey used their cell phones. Gilley was said to have had an employee go to Walmart to buy a pay-as-you-go cell phone, and the prosecution argues he did that to try to stop law enforcement from tracing calls.

Massey testified that at the height of his involvement Gilley offered him a $1 million stake in a Mississippi casino operation, but the defense painted that as Massey just trying to get payment for consultant services that he had done for Gilley. Since he didn't receive payment, the defense says that was Massey's motive to cooperating with federal investigators.

Concerning Gilley's bond revocation, the actual reason for the hearing, the prosecution says  Gilley violated it by getting in touch with Massey. Massey testified there were calls and emails sent between the two men.

Gilley's attorneys told WSFA 12 News they will appeal the judge's decision.

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