- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Latest on an appeals court overturning the fraud and embezzlement convictions of former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion says he will retry former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis in a different county.

Mississippi’s Court of Appeals Tuesday overturned Davis’ 2014 conviction in DeSoto County on two felony charges. The appeals court found that the trial judge should have moved the case outside DeSoto County because prosecutors failed to prove Davis could get a fair trial there after widespread publicity.

Champion says he’ll consult with defense lawyer Steve Farese Sr. and try to choose a different location. Farese says he’d like to try the case on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, saying jurors there would be less likely to hold Davis’ sexual orientation against him. Davis said he was gay after an audit showed city credit card purchases at a gay sex shop in Canada.

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2 p.m.

Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis will get a new trial on embezzlement charges.

Mississippi’s Court of Appeals Tuesday overturned Davis’ 2014 conviction in DeSoto County on two felony charges. The court says the trial judge should have moved the trial outside DeSoto County because prosecutors failed to prove that Davis could get a fair trial there after widespread publicity.

Davis was found guilty of illegally purchasing a city-leased SUV without approval from aldermen in 2009. He bought the $25,000 vehicle for $11,000 before the city had the option to buy it. Davis also was found guilty of getting mileage reimbursement for gas charged to a city-issued card.

Davis was sentenced to 15 years but would only have served 2½ years.

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