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The first full week of witness testimonies wrapped up on Friday in the criminal trial of long-time Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely.
Even though Alabama is an at-will state, former Limestone Co. Commission Chairman Mark Yarbrough said Blakely could not actually fire anyone in the sheriff's department for any reason.
Jurors heard from three employees of the Limestone County Sheriff's office. Many of the spectators knew the witnesses personally, which lead to an uncomfortable, almost sad, feeling inside the courtroom.
Sheriff Mike Blakely and two other employees went to Las Vegas twice for a training conference.
The state brought 6 new witnesses to the stand on Tuesday during the second day of testimony in Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely’s corruption trial.
Many of the questions from the defense had to deal with Willis's character. They read some of the alleged crimes Willis is under investigation for, and Willis responded to each of the crimes saying he was not aware of them.
The judge in Limestone Co. Sheriff Mike Blakley's criminal trial denies second motion asking for a mistrial.
The first day of witness testimonies wrapped up in the criminal trial against Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely, but it's unclear if one of the witnesses will be able to continue his testimony.
Jurors heard more about the 11 criminal charges Sheriff Mike Blakely faces, all related to allegations he used his office for personal gain, and stole money from his office and election campaign funds.
Thursday was the last day the prosecution and defense got to question a new panel of jurors to learn more about their biases before striking the final jury on Friday.