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Prosecution successful in getting Gilley's bond revoked

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'll now report to 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 basically laid out its case against the embattled Dothan developer. The defense is slamming the government's star witness as being unreliable because he's been involved in illegal activity for years.

Massey said on the stand he gave $1,000 cash each month to Rep. Terry Spicer - who is not charged - for years 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 on 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 who 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. The prosecution said of all the phone calls that the court should have issue because that proves Gilley tried to avoid law enforcement by using those cell phones.

Massey testified that at the height of his involvement Gilley offered him a $1million stake in a Mississippi casino operation, but the defense painted that as Massey just trying to get payment for his 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.

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