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Former Southaven mayor found guilty of embezzlement

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The verdict was unanimous following trial. Davis' tentative sentencing date is July 10. The verdict was unanimous following trial. Davis' tentative sentencing date is July 10.
Around 3 p.m., the jury received their instructions and heard closing arguments from both sides. Around 3 p.m., the jury received their instructions and heard closing arguments from both sides.
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SOUTHAVEN, MS -

(WMC) - A unanimous guilty verdict on Wednesday in the trial of former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis. It took the jury a little over two hours to convict Davis of embezzlement and making false representations to defraud the city.

Earlier in the day, Davis testified that he never did anything wrong and was looking out for the best interest of Southaven. WMC Action News 5 spoke with Davis' attorney about the former Mayor's reaction following the verdict.

"He's devastated. he has children. He'll have to make arrangements for that. I don't think any of us can imagine fully what you feel when you hear a guilty verdict," said Steve

He was the only one to take the stand Wednesday during his embezzlement trial.

Prosecutors accused him of buying a city-leased SUV without board approval. The government tags on the vehicle were switched out to personal tags. He reportedly continued to go to the city gas pump and fill up while also getting reimbursed for mileage on the car. Davis reportedly took more than $4,000 worth of city gas.

At one point Davis became emotional on the stand, and he explained to a jury how the Southaven city and purchases work.

Davis told the court he didn't turn in all his mileage, especially during his indictment. He said he never thought anything about not turning all mileage.

"I don't know if anyone can ever comprehend the amount of time and effort I put forth for the mayor's job to my own detriment. I had no idea that trying to save taxpayer money was wrong. Decisions were made not just based on political pressure but also the financial situation," he said.

That is when the defense rested in questioning Davis, to only be picked up by cross examination with district attorney John Champion after a 10 minute break.

"He drove a $46,000 vehicle for two years and didn't spend a penny out of his pocket for that car," said Champion.

Around 3 p.m., the jury received their instructions and heard closing arguments from both sides.

Davis' sentencing date is set for July 10th at the Desoto County Courthouse in Hernando. His attorney does plan to appeal Wednesday's ruling.

Click here to view a timeline of Davis' questionable spending trial.

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