Judge denies motion for bingo defendants

By Alan Collins

MONTGOMERY (WBRC) - U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson denied a motion for separate trials for some of the defendants in the electronic bingo corruption case Wednesday.

Victoryland owner Milton McGregor, Montgomery lobbyist Robert Geddie, former Gadsden State Senator Larry Means, Montgomery Senator Quinton Ross, Slocum Senator Hari Ann Smith and Jerrell Walker all requested to sever their cases.  

Attorneys argued with ten defendants, it would be difficult to communicate with their attorneys and the various charges could confuse the jury.

Thompson rejected all of the arguments. The group is accused of working in a conspiracy to provide bribes to lawmakers in an effort to pass a bill legalizing electronic bingo.

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