The state of Mississippi may call as many as 13 witnesses next week in the embezzlement trial of Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo, according to court records.
Among the potential witnesses are two officials from the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office, all four Waveland Aldermen, and seven former and current city employees.
Longo has also submitted a witness list which includes members of the Hancock County Board of Supervisors, the Bay St. Louis City Council, the Waveland Board of Aldermen, and former Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre.
Longo was arrested on January 22 after a Hancock County Grand Jury indicted him on charges that he allegedly used his city-issued Fuelman card for his personal vehicle on numerous occasions from around September 21, 2008 until August 30, 2009.
The total amount Longo allegedly stole from the city was $1,116, State Auditor Stacy Pickering said. Longo’s defense attorney Donald Rafferty has filed several motions in advance of Longo’s embezzlement trial, which is set for Monday.
The court filings include a motion to have the charges quashed, a motion to exclude evidence, and a request for transcripts of tape recordings which may be used at trial.
Those motions have not been heard, but may be before the end of the week.
Rafferty said the defense would show that the evidence “is irrelevant, inadmissible, and unduly prejudicial.”
Circuit Judge John Gargiulo is hearing cases today and tomorrow.
Gargiulo would be the presiding judge over the Longo case if it goes to trial on Monday.
Longo said despite the felony indictment, he will “positively” be running for mayor again this fall when the municipal elections are held.
He has maintained his innocence throughout the past five months and has said he looks forward to telling his side of the story once the case is resolved.
BY: Dwayne Bremer
The Sea Coast Echo