Jury selection to begin soon in Langford trial

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Jury selection will soon begin in the criminal trial of Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford.

Langford's lawyers requested the trial be moved to Tuscaloosa because of all the publicity the story has received in Birmingham.

Langford faces a 60 count indictment accusing him of accepting more than two-hundred thousand dollars in bribes in exchange for steering Jefferson County bond business to Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount. Blount and co-defendant Al LaPierre have plead guilty and are expected to testify against Langford at his trial. Langford has maintained his innocence throughout the pre-trial process.

On Sunday night, members of the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized a prayer vigil to support Langford. They plan to caravan to Tuscaloosa on the first day of the trial. "Certainly we accept the mayor as being innocent. 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," said Reverend Calvin Woods, head of the SCLC.