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Former Southaven mayor's spending trial ends

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Greg Davis spent the entire morning on the stand in Jackson, Mississippi, defending the spending he did during his time as Southaven mayor. Greg Davis spent the entire morning on the stand in Jackson, Mississippi, defending the spending he did during his time as Southaven mayor.

(WMC-TV) - Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis took the stand Wednesday during his trial, in which he is accused of misusing city funds while in office.

Davis spent the entire morning on the stand in Jackson, Mississippi, defending the spending he did during his time as Southaven mayor. He testified that the money he spent was entirely for city business.

Since the accusations surfaced, Davis has paid the state $96,000. The state auditor says he still owes more than $70,000, but Davis wants the $96,000 he already paid back.

Davis was the last one on the stand when the case recessed five months ago. He took the stand again to answer questions about a large number of invoices he turned into the city for reimbursement of expenses he charged to the credit card for city business.

"I can say with 100 percent assertion when the invoice was made up, every penny that was listed on that invoice was due to city business," said Davis.

Davis said he worked nonstop in the 16 years he was the mayor, and used three different credit cards, but rarely got receipts because it was not required by state law. All of his expenses were approved by the Southaven Board of Aldermen. He says his style of working did require a lot of meetings and travel, but he says he got results.

"I have always thought outside the box," said Davis. "By thinking outside the box, I think our record speaks for itself ... 16,000 new jobs. Population doubled, sales tax doubled, had I stayed in the little box that everyone expects us to stay in, I don't think we would have gotten there [because] all you have to do is look at the three cities around us. They didn't get there we did."

Davis says the auditor seemed to only care about one of the credit cards he used, not the others that showed where he spent the money.

"There were other expenses as I have testified to you time and time again," Davis told the auditor. "That should be included in that city invoice. That city invoice could include cash, which is column number two."

Davis also testified that the state auditor forced him to come out as gay. He said the auditor wanting to see his personal credit card charges forced him to come out.

Greg Davis' attorney, Mike Heilman, says they made their case Davis spent money on behalf of the city.

"We demonstrated everything that Greg Davis did he has receipts for they were on his credit cards are all business expenses. It's clear as a bell," said Heilman. "Everything he did was city business and we proved that today we went through painstakingly we went through invoice by invoice."

This case began in December last year and had 2,000 pages of documents attorneys went over number by number.

Judge Dewayne Thomas who appeared exasperated frequently during this civil trial told the state to turn in what it believes Davis owes and why by December. Davis' team must give the judge reasons why he feels he is owed money back from the state in January.

The judge did not indicate when he will decide what happens, and clearly it will not be before next year.

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