Posted: Feb 29, 2012 11:08 AM by Romni DiJohn
BATON ROUGE - Closing arguments have finally begun in the corruption trial of former St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace.
Prosecution brought their last rebuttal witness to the stand this morning, as visiting Judge Maurice Hicks demanded a wrap-up.
Prosecution estimated their initial closing argument to take a little over two hours. Next, Grace's defense attorney, Lewis O. Unglesby, will present the defense's closing arguments. Then, prosecution will get their rebuttal for closing.
Jury deliberations are expected to start this afternoon when closing arguments end. Judge Hicks said Tuesday that it will be up to the jury whether they want to stay late and finish deliberating today, or finish up tomorrow.
George Grace, 68, is in his sixth week of trial in Baton Rouge federal court on charges that include racketeering, fraud and extortion.