Jurors selected for Longo trial

Opening testimony begins today

By DONNA MELTON – dmelton@sunherald.com

BAY ST. LOUIS

Opening statements are expected to start this morning in the embezzlement trial of Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo.

Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker and Longo’s attorney, Donald Rafferty, spent Tuesday questioning potential jurors from a pool of 74 Hancock County residents.

By 4:30 p.m., Circuit Judge John Gargiulo had seated a jury of eight women and six men, but did not identify which two jurors would be alternates. The state will try to prove Longo used a city-issued fuel card to put gasoline in a private vehicle for personal use.

Special agents for State Auditor Stacey Pickering arrested Longo in January after a Hancock County grand jury indicted him. He is accused of embezzling $1,116 in Fuelman purchases between Sept. 21, 2008 and Aug. 30, 2009.

Rafferty’s list includes at least 20 witnesses, including WLOX reporter Al Showers. Several will testify about Longo’s use of his personal vehicle for city business.

Gargiulo on Friday asked Rafferty to cull that number by avoiding redundant testimonies in an effort to save time and court costs.

The state has submitted a witness list of more than a dozen people, including seven current and former city employees.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/06/22/2280534/jurors-selected-for-longo-trial.html#ixzz0rgKfzH3u

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