Defense rests after single day in Ala. gambling corruption trial

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Just one day after the defense began presenting its case to a jury in the federal gambling corruption trial in downtown Montgomery, a surprise move. All nine defendants made the decision to rest.

The move was unexpected, as the prosecution took eight weeks to lay out it's case. The defense was expected to do much the same.

After motions to dismiss charges were denied Thursday, the Defense called just one witness, defendant Tom Coker. In contrast, the prosecution called 17 witnesses.

Attorneys for each of the defendants, one-by-one, approached a microphone and told Judge Myron Thompson's that their client wished to rest.

Macon County casino owner Milton McGregor and eight other defendants, including current and former lobbyists and legislators are charged in a 39-count indictment that accuses them of attempting to purchase favorable votes in a gambling bill that was before the Legislature.

Closing arguments will begin Wednesday, August 3. The jury will be sequestered starting 9:00am that morning.

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