Walter Reed trial continues with defense witnesses

Walter Reed trial continues with defense witnesses

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The prosecution rested yesterday in the trial of former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed.

Defense attorneys will begin calling witnesses to the stand Wednesday morning to combat the corruption charges against Reed.

Those witnesses could include Louisiana law experts, one of those experts may be former ethics board attorney Grey Sexton.

Prosecutors say that Reed spent campaign money for personal use.

Yesterday prosecutors accused Reed of spending campaign money on things like a $4,700 prime rib dinner for a minister, and an ad in a church magazine to advertise his personal attorney services.

An Internal Revenue Service agent testified that back in 2009, Reed had more than $60,000 in unreported income, and that Reed also used campaign money to pay for expensive meals and flowers Reed allegedly sent to his ex-wife and girlfriend.

Defense attorneys said that prosecutors failed to prove their case and tried to have the trial dismissed, but that motion was denied.

Reed said he is ready for the defense to present its case.

Reed has pleaded not guilty. But if convicted, he faces 20 years in prison.

Reed's attorneys argue that if anything their client should only be hit with an ethics fine.

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