Jury deliberate Wednesday morning in SBHA Fraud trial after closing arguments made Tuesday
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - It looks like the end is near after seven days in court.
Tuesday morning, the defense called their final witness to the stand before resting their case.
Then both sides had the opportunity to address the jury one last time with their closing arguments.
During the trial, around 30 witnesses took the stand.
Prosecutors presented evidence obtained during the investigation including checks, invoices, and inaccurate documents allegedly signed off by employees at the housing authority that claimed work was complete on units that witnesses said never was.
The three defendant's attorneys all argued their clients, Tonya Robinson, Albert Smith, and Doug Donely were not involved in the scheme.
Robinson and Smiths lawyers making the argument the acts of fraud slipped past them, and that casino records of their wins and losses were not accurate.
Doug Donley’s lawyer claimed his ex-girlfriend Tonya Robinson’s daughter, Tyreisha, who has already pleaded guilty, used his name and forged his signature on checks.
It’s now up to the jury to decide what to believe.
The trial resumes at 9:30 Wednesday morning, at that time the jury will deliberate and come to a verdict.
Depending on how long that takes we could soon know the fate of the defendants who had loved ones present in court on Tuesday.