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Update: Judge denies request in Jonesboro mayor trial

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JONESBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Tuesday Update: The judge in the trial of Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson has denied Thompson's lawyer's request for a mistrial. Thompson's attorney asked for a mistrial during Tuesday's court proceedings.

Thompson is accused of malfeasance in office. This is the second week of the trial. Our Nolan Crane is in the courtroom and will have updates at KNOE.COM and tonight on KNOE 8 News at 5p, 6p and 10p.

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JONESBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson was in court this weekend, as more witnesses from the state took the stand.

Thompson is being charged with three counts of malfeasance, but many supporters disagree with the charges.

"Being born and raised here I kind of know a little bit of Mayor Thompson so I came to be a supporter, " says Riffiale Patrick.

State auditors took the stand Saturday, testifying that the mayor approved an election celebration back in 2010 where he spent $2400 on catered food which auditors say is improper use of tax dollars.

Thompson's attorney says many of the allegations brought up in court are not applicable to this case.

"They don't appear to be questions that are related to the most significant questions that's before the court," says Louis Scott, "if you read the bill of information he's not charged with a number of the things that we are not talking about in court."

Other financial concerns the auditors discussed involve a gospel concert the mayor and his wife sold tickets for and auditors say they don't have proper documentation to verify the amount of money they made. The Thompson's claim to have sold all of the tickets at $15 a piece, despite flyers showing different price points. Auditors also testified saying the town, under the leadership of Thompson, sold an acre of land far below market value.

The state attorney says all of these examples are applicable to his case. Court will resume on Tuesday.

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