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Davis trial testimony centers around how much mayor owes

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JACKSON, Miss. (FOX13) -

In the civil case against Southaven Mayor Greg Davis and Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering, the question of the day was exactly how much does Mayor Davis owe?

Mayor Davis' attorneys said it is less while the State of Mississippi said it is more. The State has also accused the mayor of Southaven of double-dipping and taking money from the city and getting reimbursed from the Chamber of Commerce as well.

"This is the July one we are talking about," Alderman Greg Guy testified. "He was reimbursed like $16,000 from the city and that particular month he was reimbursed $4,246 from the chamber."

"I was not willing to pay my money for expenses that the mayor spent and that's why I wanted to go back and really review this because we had a couple of aldermen who would rubber stamp anything he would say," Alderman Guy added. "They were both beat in the last election, but I don't think that these were legitimate expenses."

Alderman Guy also testified that the Board of Aldermen never approved any receipts.

"They approved the docket, they never approved the receipts," he said. "That was the first time we looked at any receipts. Only the city card bill is there. All the receipts are on the city card. They are in the office. Why didn't you do it?"

Also in question are the mayor's trips, including the trip to Key West where he said he met with General Motors executives. The State says the GM executives were not there and that the meeting never happened.

Late Monday, Davis' attorney Michael Heilman began cross-examining the State Auditor's investigator. Heilman's approach has been that Mayor Davis did not double-dip and that all of Davis' expenses were legitimate because the expenses paid by the city of Southaven and by the chamber of commerce to the mayor were different amounts.

The city so far does not have receipts to prove otherwise.

The civil trial could last until Friday, May 17.

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