Opening statements to be made in Langford trial

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The jury is picked and open arguments will soon begin in the federal bribery case against Mayor Larry Langford.
Langford faces 60 counts of bribery and conspiracy for allegedly taking more than 2-hundred thousand dollars in bribes in exchange for steering millions of dollars of county business to Montgomery banker Bill Blount.

It took until 5:00 p.m. on Monday to get the jury seated. The jury consists of eleven women and three men. Four of the jurors are African-American and ten are Caucasians.

Also hinted at on Monday were the witnesses to be called during the trial. It is expected that the prosecution will call Bettye Fine Collins, Shelia Smoot, Bill Blount and Al LaPierre to the stand. The defense is expected to call the Mayor's wife, Melva, to the stand as well as businessman Charles McCreary.