Former Walter Reed employees testify about campaign events

Defense calls more witnesses in Walter Reed corruption case

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Testimony continued Thursday in the corruption trial if former North Shore District Attorney Walter Reed.

After a long lunch break, testimony resumed after 3 p.m. as the defense continued to call witnesses close to Reed.

Prosecutors accuse reed of siphoning thousands from his campaign fund for personal use and for taking money from St. Tammany Hospital for legal services that were intended for the D.A.'s office.

A former first assistant in Reed's office, Houston "Hammy" Gascon testified about only seeing a 1990s letter or memo stating that Reed represented the hospital in 2014.

"It was on an old piece of paper, though," Gascon said.

Earlier, Bart Pepperman, who worked for Reed in the D.A.'s office, testified about how he helped to plan campaign fundraising events for Reed. He was asked about a 2012 event that prosecutors kept referring to as a "house warming" at Reed's condominium, but Pepperman testified that elected officials were there along with items related to the campaign.

"We had Walter Reed cups, I'm sure," he said.

Before Pepperman, Reed's ex-wife, Shawn Reed, wrapped up cross examination by prosecutors.

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