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Update: Jury gets Gilmore case Thursday

Posted: Updated: May 15, 2013 09:35 PM

UPDATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT:

SHREVEPORT, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Arthur Gilmore has the right to not testify and he used that right in his federal re-trial. He's accused of racketeering and extortion after a two-year FBI investigation.

During that time, Gilmore served as a Monroe councilman. Businessman Eddie Hakim along with prosecutors are accusing Gilmore of using more than $1,000. He's also accused of pressuring Hakim to sell a piece of property for $10,000, prosecutors say that property was valued in the six figure range.

Hakim says Gilmore is a man who wants "something for something."

Wednesday, inside the federal courthouse, several people swore to tell the truth in front of the jury. Former Monroe Council Chair Jay Marx and Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo were two of them. Both men said Gilmore never told them about any particular ordinances or resolutions, that needed to pass, in order to help Hakim.

Now, in an event that may not happen often, the defense rested their case but after a ten minute break, the floor was open up back to them to allow for one more testimony. That testimony only lasted for about 5 minutes. It came from a state elected judge on the defense behalf. Then after that, it was official, the defense rested their case.

The trial is in recess until Thursday morning. Starting at 9 a.m., the prosecutors and the defense will take an hour each for closing arguments.
     
The jury will then be given its instructions and deliberations will begin.

UPDATE: KNOE's Ty Russell reports the jury will hear closing arguments and receive instructions in the Arthur Gilmore re-trial Thursday morning. Following that, the jury will begin deliberations in this racketeering and extortion case.

UPDATE: KNOE's Ty Russell reports the defense has rested in the Arthur Gilmore re-trial. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday afternoon and the case will be in the jury's hands before the end of the day. The jury will have the option of starting deliberations today, or they can wait and start deliberations on Thursday. Gilmore did not take the stand in his own defense.

UPDATE: KNOE's Ty Russell reports testimony from the defense could wrap up Wednesday afternoon in the Arthur Gilmore re-trial. A decision was to be made this afternoon as to whether Gilmore would take the stand in his own defense.

After that, closing arguments are expected, then the case will be turned over to the jury.

Previous Report:

SHREVEPORT, ,La. (KNOE 8 News) - It is day three of Arthur Gilmore's federal re-trial and prosecutors have rested their case.

Now the defense is calling its witnesses which include Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and Former City Councilman Jay Marx.

Arthur Gilmore is facing racketeering and extortion charges. If convicted in this re-trial, he faces 40 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

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