Southaven Mayor's Civil Trial to Reconvene

Southaven Mayor's Civil Trial to Reconvene

Next week is a big one for Southaven Mayor Greg Davis. That is when we expect to finally have a concrete answer on whether the mayor misspent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.
SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - Next week is a big one for Southaven Mayor Greg Davis. That is when we expect to finally have a concrete answer on whether the mayor misspent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.

Davis is confident he'll emerge on top in his fight with the Mississippi State Auditor. The mayor's civil trial reconvenes in Hinds County Chancery Court on Monday.

"We'll have time to clear up some issues in court next week. We'll get that done and hopefully a lot of the clouds will be lifted," Davis said.

The state auditor and Davis are fighting over more than $70,000 Davis still owes, money the state claims he spent on himself, not city business. Davis has paid back $96,000 of the auditor's original $170,000 demand.

The mayor has repeatedly said the money was spent legitimately and approved by other city officials.

January's court proceedings went much slower than expected. Only two aldermen testified over a couple of days. Next week we're expecting to hear from more board members and Davis' partner. The judge has blocked off the entire week to hear testimony and finalize the matter.

The civil trial comes in the midst of Davis' run for re-election. He's hoping to clear his name next week, and that voters will be paying attention

"We'll let every voter in Southaven decide based on our record and the facts," he said.

Davis is also under indictment for three criminal charges. That trial begins in august in DeSoto County.

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