Langford supporters hold prayer meeting before trial

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Just hours before his trial is set to begin, dozens of Mayor Larry Langford's supporters gathered at city hall to pray for what they call justice, and for everyone involved in the trial individually.

"Certainly we accept the mayor as being innocent," said local SCLC president Rev. Calvin Woods. "He has not been proven guilty and we will be praying for him, praying for the judge, praying for all of the attorneys, as well as the jury. It's all in God's hands."

About 50 Langford supporters including Rev. Woods from gathered to pray for Langford as he prepares to face federal bribery and conspiracy charges.

The supporters gathered Sunday said they believe in the mayor's innocence and in his ability to get things done in Birmingham.

"It matters not what anybody says about him," Rev. Woods said. "The Bible says a tree is known by the fruit it bears. And through his leadership, much fruit has come forward in this city."

"Mayor Langford has done more for this city than has been done in 28 years," said Langford supporter Lillie Daniels. "And I'm gonna continue to pray for him. And I know he's gonna come out victorious."

Many of the supporters gathered Sunday plan to caravan over to Tuscaloosa Monday to pray in front of the federal courthouse where the trial is set to begin