Jury to begin deliberations Tuesday morning (5 p.m. update)

Photo by Bill Strickland

Photo by Bill Strickland

After several hours worth of closing arguments from both sides Monday afternoon, Marshall told jurors that she would go over the law with them before allowing them to decide Buie's fate first thing Tuesday morning.

Former downtown manager Don Buie did not take the stand in his own defense in his fraud trial this morning in Dougherty Superior Court.

The defense's final witness, ADICA board member Andrew Reid, testified regarding Buie's authority as ADICA CEO and on the board's knowledge of his negotiations with Dollar Square owner Tim Washington, who signed a lease for $700 a month but said he had an agreement with Buie to pay $1 a month for two years.

Prosecutors had said they would bring up Buie's federal felony conviction in 1995 for bank fraud if he took the stand.

Earlier this morning, Judge Denise Marshall denied a defense motion for a directed verdict of not guilty on all charges.

Graham started presenting a defense after prosecutors rested their case this morning.

The state has dropped one charge against Buie for false statements on a job application with the city of Albany.