Casino owner Gilley returning to witness stand

Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley is returning to the witness stand in Alabama's gambling corruption trial.

Prosecutors said Gilley will be taking the stand Wednesday afternoon after leaving a week ago due to a virus. Gilley has pleaded guilty to offering bribes to legislators to support pro-gambling legislation. He testified for four days before becoming ill.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson says he will explain the illness to jurors and he warned defense attorneys not to imply that anything else was behind the interruption in Gilley's testimony.

2 of Gilley's lobbyists have also pleaded guilty and are due to testify when he finishes. Prosecutors say Jarrod Massey will be the first to testify and then Jennifer Pouncy.

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