Katapodis trial enters second week

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The trial of John Katapodis entered its second week Monday, with testimony from Meridian Mayor John Robert Smith.

Smith took the stand Monday morning to discuss his work with Katapodis on the Council of Cooperating Governments.  Smith said Katapodis worked with the council to push rapid rail for the region.

Smith testified Katapodis arranged numerous trips for Smith to attend in places such as New Orleans and Washington, D.C.

Katapodis is accused of using $250,000 from the non-profit Computers for Kids to pay for these trips and pay off personal gambling debts.

Smith did testify he had not seen any of the non-profit's checkbooks.