Jury selected for Greg Davis embezzlement case

HERNANDO, Miss. — Nine women and five men have been selected to serve on the jury during Greg Davis’embezzlement trial.

The former Southaven mayor faces two embezzlement charges over using a city issued vehicle and at the same time getting reimbursed thousands of dollars for mileage.

The jury process took seven hours, and included many questions for potential jurors about their thoughts on sexual preference, politicians, and Davis specifically.

Every member of the jury pool admitted to having seen media coverage of the story, but most of them said it didn’t impact their ability to serve on the jury.

WREG was the first  to show you the undocumented receipts in 2011 Davis turned in and the thousands of dollars the city reimbursed without any question.

“He is charged with embezzling  by using gasoline owned by the city where he was getting reimbursed. They also have a charge about the purchase of a vehicle,” his lawyer, Steve Farese, said.

The trial was delayed in February when one of the prosecution’s most important witnesses told them she was ill, and doctors said being around others could be risky.

Davis’ attorney said he also had questions for the witness and agreed she was needed for the case.

In May, Davis was ordered to repay $73,915.27 to the state for expenses for which he was reimbursed when he was mayor.

Davis has already paid back $96,000 of the $170,000 he was originally ordered to pay.

Some of those expenses included expensive meals, trips, and even purchases at an adult book store in Canada.

Davis had appealed the original order but the court found, ‘all counterclaims proposed by Davis are without merit and area summarily dismissed.”

“This investigation began more than three years ago, and we have remained committed to protecting the taxpayers of Southaven during this time,” Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering said. “Prosecuting public corruption is not easy, but elected officials must be held accountable for their actions and I am pleased with today’s ruling.”

You can read that ruling here.

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