Election Trial Continues in Hattiesburg - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Election Trial Continues in Hattiesburg

Posted: Updated:

Attorneys for former mayoral candidate Dave Ware rest their case today.

After coming up 37 votes short in the June 4 mayoral elections, Dave Ware is disputing the final count in court.

Expert witness Pete Perry finished his time on the stand. The jury also heard testimony from Hattiesburg city tax employee Hazel Young, former inmate Sammy Lindsey and Hattiesburg resident Marcus Merritt...

He says he was in San Antonio, Texas on June 4, yet a vote was cast in his name.

Dave Ware's attorneys say they have it in the bag.

"We feel like we've put on a very strong case to show that the actual votes, the actual legal votes, that were cast in this election were cast - the highest number were cast - for Dave Ware," Malcolm Jones, Ware's attorney said.

But Johnny Dupree's lawyers disagree.

"The evidence has now shown that they really have no evidence whatsoever to show that Dave Ware should be the mayor," Precious Martin, Dupree's attorney said.

Expert witness Pete Perry testified this morning that all the absentee ballots should be thrown out since they've already been intermingled, and there is no way to determine which votes came from illegal ballots.

"One bad apple spoils the whole barrel," Perry said.

When asked by Dupree's lawyer, Brandon Jones, where he got his information, Perry sited Jones-versus-Johnson.

"Oh, are you a lawyer?" Jones asked. 

"No, but I can read," Perry responded.

Things were heated when former inmate Sammy Lindsey took the stand. He testifies he was in jail at the time of the election and supported Ware's candidacy. However, the day of the election, he said Chief Bolton and a mechanic named "D" drove him to the precinct and said if he'd vote for Dupree, they'd help him get out of jail.

"No one should ever be offered anything in exchange for their vote," Malcolm Jones said.

"It's amazing how we must have heard two different witnesses testify," Martin said. "This guy came to the witness stand and said that he was allowed to vote his will, vote his conscience and vote in private."

The ware camp called Perry to the stand once more before resting their case.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Miss Hospitality Pageant 2014 Preliminary Winners

    Miss Hospitality Pageant 2014 Preliminary Winners

    Saturday, July 26 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-07-26 20:28:27 GMT
    Miss Hospitality 2013, Hailey ThomasMiss Hospitality 2013, Hailey Thomas
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. -After a full week of rehearsals, special events, and interviews, the 35 Miss Hospitality contestants competed on-stage last night during the Preliminary Competition.All contestants participated in the Little Black Dress/Commercial Competition and the Evening Gown Competition. At the conclusion of the evening, preliminary award winners were announced.On Friday morning, each contestant presented a 90-second speech to the panel of judges on how they would sell Mississippi to ...
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. -After a full week of rehearsals, special events, and interviews, the 35 Miss Hospitality contestants competed on-stage last night during the Preliminary Competition.All contestants participated in the Little Black Dress/Commercial Competition and the Evening Gown Competition. At the conclusion of the evening, preliminary award winners were announced.On Friday morning, each contestant presented a 90-second speech to the panel of judges on how they would sell Mississippi to ...
  • PHOTOS: July 2014 Mugshots

    PHOTOS: July 2014 Mugshots

    Mugshots from July 2014Mugshots from July 2014
    Mugshots from arrests across central Alabama in July 2014.
    Mugshots from arrests across central Alabama in July 2014.
  • Jones County Arrested for Head Butting Woman

    Jones County Arrested for Head Butting Woman

    Friday, July 18 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-07-19 01:09:41 GMT
    Photo Courtesy of Jones CountyPhoto Courtesy of Jones County
    JONES CO., Miss. - A Jones County man is out on bond after head butting a woman in a domestic dispute. Jonathan Bove, 31,was taken into custody and charged with felony domestic violence and aggravated assaultfor a June 9thassault.Officials say the victim claims she and Bove got into a heated argument. It then escalated into Bove holding her down and head butting her, causing extensive damage to her face, leaving bruises on her body, and breaking her nose.The victim underwent surgery for her n...
    JONES CO., Miss. - A Jones County man is out on bond after head butting a woman in a domestic dispute. Jonathan Bove, 31,was taken into custody and charged with felony domestic violence and aggravated assaultfor a June 9thassault.Officials say the victim claims she and Bove got into a heated argument. It then escalated into Bove holding her down and head butting her, causing extensive damage to her face, leaving bruises on her body, and breaking her nose.The victim underwent surgery for her n...
Powered by WorldNow

5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone: 601.545.2077
Fax: 601.545.3589
Email: newsroom@whlt.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.