ALBANY-- Some of the city's highest ranking officials have been called to testify as witnesses for the state during the trial for Albany's former downtown manager, court records show.
Many staff members on City Hall's fifth floor were served with subpoenas Monday, including City Manager Alfred Lott, Assistant City Manager Wes Smith and Interim Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority CEO and Assistant City Manager James Taylor, according to court records filed Monday.
Former ADICA CEO Don Buie is set to go on trial next Monday. He has been indicted in connection with an alleged conspiracy to defraud ADICA of funds related to both a controversial facade grant program and alleged appropriations given to his estranged wife and former girlfriend.
According to information filed with the Dougherty County Clerk of Superior Court, other notables subpoenaed to testify during the trial include the former Albany Tomorrow Inc. Bookkeeper Shonnie King, who helped keep ADICA's books as ATI was shutting down, and Robert Slavin, the headhunter hired by the city of Albany who was responsible for locating Buie when the city was trying to fill the downtown manager's position.
The Albany Herald later discovered that Buie had been previously convicted of a federal fraud case in the mid-1990's, despite a background check performed by Slavin's headhunting firm.
The witness list for the state, which includes 24 individuals, also includes ADICA Board Member Phil Cannon, Buie co-defendants Nicole Brown and Tim Washington, Jay Lomax of Sleep Inn which had a contract with ADICA for rooms, and banking and corporate officials affiliated with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and Regions Bank.
Buie Attorney Johnnie Graham is expected to renew her call for a change of venue in the case. A previous motion based on what she said was excessive and prejudicial media coverage was denied by the court last week.