Mayor Greg Davis Testifies, Defends City Spending in Civil Trial

Mayor Greg Davis Testifies, Defends City Spending in Civil Trial

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis took the stand Thursday in his civil trial, which reconvened Monday in Jackson, Mississippi.
JACKSON, MS (abc24.com) - Southaven Mayor Greg Davis took the stand Thursday in his civil trial, which reconvened Monday in Jackson, Mississippi.

The mayor's testimony lasted several hours with attorneys meticulously going over his spending habits.

The state auditor has ordered Davis to repay $170,000; he still owes $70,000, but is fighting that.

Davis was grilled on all the charges involved in this investigation. Attorneys went over receipts he submitted after the auditors demanded them.

They looked at his credit card statements and reimbursements he was paid by the City of Southaven and Chamber of Commerce.

State attorneys asked Davis to explain the charges for several large ticket dinners. They wanted explanations for who was there, what was discussed - anything to prove the money was spent on city business.

One exchange between Davis and Melissa Patterson, the state auditor's attorney, centered on alcohol.

Patterson: This receipt is for six Crown Royals, two glasses of wine, a White Russian, a vanilla infusion and two buttery nipples. Here's another one for 6-21 for seven more buttery nipples, a White Russian, a vanilla infusion, and a sunset wheat. That's supposed to be for business purposes?

Davis: Absolutely.

Patterson: And how are we supposed to know that?

Davis: Well, I mean, obviously I did not drink all those different drinks and eat all that food, and I think it is common knowledge that the Mesquite Chop House mainly is the only locally-owned restaurant in Southaven; it's where I conducted business and conducted it four or five times a week.

Patterson: But you only wrote 'local business, various city issues.'

Davis: Because I don't remember at that time what it was.

Patterson: But if you'd kept that receipt at the time you would've known.

Davis: Absolutely.

Davis said several times he couldn't remember what charges from two years ago were for. Court resumes Friday morning for the final scheduled day of the trial.

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