Judge Ends Greg Davis' Civil Trial, to Reconvene in October

Judge Ends Greg Davis' Civil Trial, to Reconvene in October

A Jackson, Mississippi judge abruptly ended the civil trial for Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, but it's not over. Judge Dewayne Thomas ended court early on Friday; the trial will reconvene in mid-October. Before that, Davis' lawyers presented their side of the case.
JACKSON, MS (abc24.com) - A Jackson, Mississippi judge abruptly ended the civil trial for Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, but it's not over. Judge Dewayne Thomas ended court early on Friday; the trial will reconvene in mid-October. Before that, Davis' lawyers presented their side of the case.

Dr. Randall Huling has been a Southaven alderman for 16 years, the entire time Greg Davis has been mayor. Davis' lawyers questioned him about the mayor's credit cards and his mileage reimbursements.

They also spoke in depth about counseling Davis got at PCS in Arizona. The City of Southaven paid thousands of dollars for what Davis says was stress counseling.

Huling said, as a doctor himself, he looked into that charge and told the board it was legitimate.

He testified, "I went back to Alderman Guy and the other aldermen and said that those sessions would be consistent with courses on handling stress, how to manage stress."

The state auditor, though, believes Davis had the city pay for his marriage counseling. State attorney Melissa Patterson tore apart Huling's testimony, saying he didn't do enough research.

Patterson: Did you speak with the director of PCS?

Huling: I do not remember who I talked with there.

Patterson: How much research did you do on PCS?

Huling: I just got the number and called, I didn't do any other research.

Even the judge jumped in on the questioning.

Judge: Does the city have insurance on employees such as you and the mayor?

Huling: Are you talking about health insurance? Yes, sir.

Judge: Why wouldn't that pay for this, the PCS, whatever it's called?

Before the judge ended court, Davis' lawyer, Michael Heilman, went line by line on Davis' credit card statements, having the mayor explain each one. He then asked Davis how the charges benefited Southaven.

Heilman: Did anyone from the auditor's office ever sit down and have a discussion with you like I just had in this courtroom?

Davis: Concerning these charges? No sir, I wish they had.

Davis also testified to why he billed Southaven for his and his wife's time at an Arizona counseling service.

Heilman: Why did you charge that counseling, those services, to the City of Southaven for them to pay it?

Davis: Because in my mind at that time, both of us, even though she's not a salaried employee, worked for the citizens of Southaven.

Heilman: What benefit did the citizens of Southaven receive from spending that money?

Davis: Well, for a few months they got us back.

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