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VOL. 131 | NO. 144 | Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Appeals Court Overturns Conviction of Former Southaven Mayor

By JEFF AMY, Associated Press

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis will get a new trial on embezzlement charges.

Mississippi's Court of Appeals Tuesday overturned Davis' 2014 conviction in DeSoto County on two felony charges. The court says the trial judge should have moved the trial outside DeSoto County because prosecutors failed to prove that Davis could get a fair trial there after widespread publicity.

Davis was found guilty of illegally purchasing a city-leased SUV without approval from aldermen in 2009. He bought the $25,000 vehicle for $11,000 before the city had the option to buy it. Davis also was found guilty of getting mileage reimbursement for gas charged to a city-issued card.

Davis was sentenced to 15 years but would only have served 2½ years.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 74 17,458
MORTGAGES 0 93 20,128
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 9 2,654
BUILDING PERMITS 0 126 36,072
BANKRUPTCIES 0 63 11,227
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 32 5,741
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 6,715
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 51 3,967