- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A jury is in place to decide the fate of a county leader accused of pressuring businesses for campaign donations in exchange for government work.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (https://on-ajc.com/1D0dsY7) that the panel of 12 jurors and four alternates was seated Friday in the trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.

Ellis has been suspended from his position for more than a year since he was indicted on more than a dozen charges including theft, extortion and conspiracy.

Ellis has denied all accusations of wrongdoing.

Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday.

Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson told jurors to expect the trial to last four to six weeks.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, https://www.ajc.com



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