Bedford Trial

Opening arguments in the extortion trial of Alabama State Sen. Roger Bedford will begin Tuesday.

Houston County Circuit Judge Jerry White is presiding over the trial because Marion County judges withdrew from the case.

A jury of eleven women and three men was selected for the trial that is being held in Northwest Alabama.

Bedford, a powerful Russellville democrat, is accused of bringing home millions in state money and trying to use it to force the Marion County Commission to buy land from a friend at triple its appraised value.

If convicted of the most serious charge against him, he would lose his seat in the legislature and have his law license pulled.