Jury completes 1st day of deliberations in Rep. Schmitz trial

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - The first day of jury deliberations ended in the fraud retrial of state Rep. Sue Schmitz in Decatur.

Deliberations began about 2 p.m. Monday and the jury adjourned around 5:30 p.m. because a member of the panel was suffering from a
severe sinus headache.

They are scheduled to return at 10:30 a.m. today and the ill juror could be replaced with an alternate.

The north Alabama Democrat is accused of using her political influence to get a state two-year college job, which received state and federal funds, then did little work for $177,000 in pay over three years.

Schmitz, of Toney, has pleaded not guilty.

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