- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis will ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a state court order that repay $73,000 to the city for the alleged misuse of public funds spent on personal trips, expensive dinners and clothing.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1jFXb36) Davis, through his attorney, filed a notice of appeal in Hinds County Chancery Court on Tuesday, hours after Chancellor Dewayne Thomas ruled Davis must repay the money.

The state trial in the matter concluded last October.

Davis has argued he did nothing wrong and all his expenses were legitimate and approved by the Board of Aldermen throughout the case that has dragged on since 2011.

Davis was sued by Pickering for allegedly misusing more than $170,000 in city funds for trips, expensive dinners and clothing. Davis has repaid $96,000 but still owes Southaven taxpayers $73,915, including interest and penalties.

The judge also ruled that Davis must pay $15,240 in interest and $13,571 in investigative costs.

Davis served as mayor for 16 years until losing his re-election bid last June.

His trial on unrelated embezzlement charges is set to begin June 9 in DeSoto County Circuit Court.

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