Longo trial jurors chosen

After seven hours of questioning 74 potential jurors Tuesday, 14 jurors were seated for the embezzlement trial of Waveland Mayor John “Tommy” Longo.

Opening arguments are expected to begin this morning.

The jury is made up of eight women and six men; two of the jurors will serve as alternates.

The selection process began with the potential jurors being divided into six panels.

The potential jurors were asked several question by Judge John Garguilo, Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker, and defense attorney Donald Rafferty.

About two-thirds of the jurors said they had heard of the case, but none said that would hinder them from being fair and impartial.

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, the final 14 jurors were selected.
A final defense motion was heard before court recessed at 5 p.m.

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 has 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

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