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Despite reports, former Southaven mayor says no plea deal is being considered

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Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis (File photo) Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis (File photo)

(WMC-TV) - Could a guilty plea be entered in the state embezzlement case against former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis?

There was a lawsuit that was recently dropped, an ongoing legal battle with the state auditor, and a criminal case that allgeges wrongdoing during his time in office.

So will he go to trial or plead out?

"Is a deal imminent? Oh, absolutely not," said Defense Attorney Steve Farese, speaking on behalf of Greg Davis. "That will be something that will be considered down the road, by both sides."

One year and five days ago, the DeSoto County District Attorney's Office indicted Davis on three charges of alleged criminal wrongdoing during his term in office.

Davis' original trial date in early December was delayed until early February at the former mayor's request.

"That is correct. We had requested a continuance and that is due to a number of things, mainly scheduling conflicts," explained Farese.

Despite reports to the contrary, Davis tells Action News 5 the delay has nothing to do with a plea deal. Farese goes on step further to say there is nothing to consider, yet.

Though as with any criminal case, Farese expects an offer at some point.

"We have not received any formal plea offer yet. They've been extremely busy and they will give me that plea offer," he said. "We'll our due consideration on that whether to go to trial or not."

If convicted as charged, Davis could face a possible maximum of 35 years in prison and $25,000 fine.

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