Former Southaven mayor’s trial could be in June

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HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - A trial date of June 9 has been set in the state of Mississippi’s embezzlement case against former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1gz1fwr ) that an earlier trial date was cancelled by Circuit Judge Robert Chamberlin after prosecutors said an unidentified witness is undergoing medical treatment.

The deadline to enter a plea before the trial date is June 2.

During Monday’s hearing, Chamberlin told attorneys he could hold another hearing soon a motion from the defense to move the trial out of DeSoto County because of news coverage of Davis‘ case over the past two years.

Prosecutors have argued that Davis generated a lot of the publicity himself and asked that jury selection be allowed to begin to see if impartial jurors could be seated.

Davis served as mayor of Southaven for 16 years.

Davis, 48, is being tried on three counts.

A 2012 indictments charged him with embezzlement by a public official linked to his city-leased vehicle and using city gasoline in the vehicle, a 2007 Ford Expedition, even though he was getting a monthly mileage check.

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. Investigators say the PAC never received the donation.

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

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