Defense Begins Case in Former Va. Governor Trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The defense has begun presenting its case in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. The first witness to testify for the defense Monday was Brenda Chamberlain, a bookkeeper for a real estate partnership owned by Bob McDonnell and his sister. Also Monday, the judge announced that another juror has been excused. The judge cited a family emergency, and the juror is replaced by an alternate. Three jurors have been lost so far, leaving one more alternate. Prosecutors say the McDonnells accepted more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements. Williams testified under immunity. Defense attorneys have said Bob McDonnell will testify. His wife isn't expected to testify. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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