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HERNANDO, Miss. (FOX13) -

Former Southaven mayor Greg Davis' embezzlement trial, which was to have started Monday with jury selection and a ruling on a defense change-of-venue request, has been delayed until June 9 because a witness in the case has medical problems.

The state's embezzlement case against the 47-year-old Davis was filed in 2012. The three-count indictment charged Davis with embezzlement by a public official linked to his city-leased vehicle and using city gasoline in that vehicle even though he was getting a monthly mileage check.

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He also faces a charge of false pretense involving a $1,000 check he received from the city for a donation intended for the Bully Bloc — a political action committee at his alma mater, Mississippi State University.

On Feb. 20, defense attorney Steve Farese asked for a change of venue because of the extensive media coverage of the former mayor's other cases.

Farese argued Thursday that the former mayor's embezzlement case should be tried elsewhere and that media saturation of Davis' traffic court case, his divorce proceedings and State Auditor's civil suit would prevent his client from getting a fair trial in DeSoto County.

DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion said a fair trial in DeSoto County was very possible, and he argued at one point that much of the media attention was brought on by Davis himself.

During the one-hour hearing Monday, Champion maintained that a fair trial could be held in DeSoto County and that Davis initiated a lot of the media coverage by granting media interviews.

Champion requested a chance to impanel a jury, saying that if an impartial jury could not be found, he would go along with the defense's change of venue request.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

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