Longo embezzlement trial is Tuesday

The embezzlement trial of Waveland Mayor John “Tommy” Longo will begin Tuesday morning at the Hancock County Courthouse on Main Street in Bay St. Louis.
On Friday, Circuit Judge John Gargiulo declined a defense motion to quash the indictment, and set jury selection for Tuesday morning.
Opening arguments will probably begin Tuesday afternoon, once a jury is in place, Gargiulo said.
Gargiulo also heard several other pre-trial motions, most of which dealt with potential witnesses and testimony.
Gargiulo also announced he would allow local media to have still and video camera’s inside the courtroom during the trial.
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.
The state has submitted a witness list of more than a dozen people including seven current and former city employees.
Longo’s attorney, Donald Rafferty, said Friday he has a list of about 20 witnesses.
Some of those witnesses will testify as to Longo’s use of his personal vehicle for city business, Rafferty said.
Gargiulo said he was concerned about the large number of witnesses, and asked the defense to whittle down the number of witnesses because of time and costs concerns.

BY: Dwayne Bremer

The Sea Coast Echo

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