Lawyer: Alabama casino owner sought lawful conduct

Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A defense attorney for Milton McGregor has used closing arguments to try to separate the VictoryLand casino owner from Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley, who pleaded guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case.

Attorney Joe Espy told jurors Wednesday that McGregor provided several million dollars to Gilley for his project in Dothan, but their written agreement required Gilley to spend the money in a lawful manner.

Espy's arguments followed statements by prosecutors that McGregor and Gilley operated as a team to try to bribe legislators with campaign contributions if they would vote for pro-gambling legislation.

Attorneys for the other eight defendants will give their closing arguments after Espy. The jury is expected to begin deliberations Friday.

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