December 5, 2013
The Center Stage Bingo trial began this morning at the Houston County Courthouse.
WTVY’s Devon Sellers is at the trial and providing updates via twitter. Around 9 a.m. this morning, Judge Conaway noted how important the trial was to both sides.
The State’s first witness was Agent Eddie Spivey, who was on the stand for about an hour. He testified that he and two other agents used video surveillance while playing bingo at Center Stage in May 2012. While on the stand, Spivey explained the procedure of the games.
Judge Conaway allowed video from the agent’s surveillance to be played, but no audio – will be played later on in the trial.
During HEDA’s turn with Spivey, he told the court that he has not had any specialized training for gambling and that he was involved in previous gaming cases. He also stated that he never read Houston County’s Bingo amendment. Spivey also explained that in order to win bingo, numbers on the grid had to match numbers at the top of the screen.
Following Spivey’s testimony, there was a brief break. Agent Gene Sisson, who works for the Attorney General’s Office took the stand at 10:33 a.m.
Be sure to tune in to Live at Lunch today for an update from Devon Sellers.
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