Trial delayed for former Southaven mayor

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HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - The embezzlement trial of former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has been postponed because a witness has medical problems.

The trial was to have started Monday with jury selection and a ruling on a defense change-of-venue request. The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/OnRj1n ) that no new trial date has been set.

The state’s embezzlement case against the 47-year-old Davis was filed in 2012. The three-count indictment charged Davis with embezzlement by a public official linked to his city-leased vehicle.

He also faces a charge of false pretense involving a $1,000 check he received from the city for a donation intended for the Bully Bloc - a political action committee at his alma mater, Mississippi State University.

Davis‘ defense team asked for a change of venue. During a hearing on the matter Thursday, attorney Steve Farese argued that it would be impossible to select a jury from residents in DeSoto County because of the extensive media coverage of his client’s political, personal and legal issues over the past two years.

DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion maintained during the one-hour hearing that a fair trial could be held in DeSoto County and that Davis initiated a lot of the media coverage by granting media interviews.

Champion requested a chance to impanel a jury, saying that if an impartial jury could not be found, he would go along with the defense’s change of venue request.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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