Buie trial set to open at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

A jury has been selected in the trial of Don Buie, accused of committing fraud while serving as downtown Albany manager and CEO of ADICA, the organization charged with downtown redevelopment.

Court has ended for the day and Superior Court Judge Denise Marshall, who has conducted the jury selection in secret, says the public will have access to proceedings when the trial starts at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The judge did not offer an explanation as to why the jury selection was kept closed from the public.

So far this week, court officials have only spoken with reporters during breaks.

After beginning the day with individual interviews of jurors, the jury pool as a group was called back into the courtroom where they have been undergoing a second round of questions.

After Monday's interviews, only three jurors were dismissed based on opinions formed by media coverage of the investigation into Buie's alleged activities.

"We believe we have a qualified jury pool and that a jury will be selected," Edwards said outside of the courtroom Tuesday morning.

Buie was in court Tuesday, along with prosecutors and defense attorneys, potential jurors, a court reporter, a representative of the clerk of court's office and GBI Special Agent Fred Wimberly.

Monday, the District Attorney's Office filed a motion giving notice that prosecutors intended to use Buie's previous felony conviction for bank fraud against him should he testify in the case.

Buie pleaded guilty to that charge in federal court in Maryland and was sentenced in 1995.

He currently stands accused of using ADICA funds in a series of what prosecutors have called shady deals with this estranged wife, girlfriend and a former downtown business owner.

This report will be updated as details become available.