BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - State Sen. E.B. McClain wants a separate
trial from his co-defendant, the Rev. Samuel Pettagrue.
Trial is set for Jan. 12.
A federal magistrate judge could rule this week on McClain's bid for a separate trial.
McClain, a Birmingham Democrat, and Pettagrue are charged with money laundering, conspiracy, mail fraud and bribery.
According to prosecutors, McClain pocketed almost half of the
$700,000 in state grants he obtained for Pettagrue's community
programs from 2001 to 2006.
Prosecutors also say Pettagrue and his son paid themselves $120,000.
McClain contends his relationship with Pettagrue was legitimate business.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamarra Johnson says Pettagrue never personally saw anything McClain did for the money he was being paid.
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