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Jury Seated In Greg Davis Embezzlement Trial

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HERNANDO, Miss. (FOX13) - A DeSoto County Circuit Court jury of nine women and five men were seated Monday afternoon in the embezzlement trial of former Southaven mayor Greg Davis.

Going through the lengthy proceedings of trying to seat a jury in this case, Circuit Judge Robert Chamberlin even admitted the proceedings so far have been lengthy.

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Davis is charged with one count of making a false statement to a government entity and that charge allegedly involves a vehicle he purchased from the city. He is also charged with one count of embezzlement for allegedly using city funds to purchase gasoline for personal use.

In court Monday several jurors asked to be excused for illness and business and family reasons.

A number of jurors also asked to be excused because they personally knew the former mayor and felt their association might affect their ability to be fair and impartial.

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But the biggest reaction of the day came from two questions. When Judge Chamberlain asked the jury pool if they had seen or heard media coverage of the former mayor's legal troubles and if that would affect their ability to be impartial, several potential jurors said yes.

Then Judge Chamberlin asked if any of the potential jurors had heard or seen coverage of Davis' sexual orientation in the media. Most of the jury pool stood again and one juror stood saying it would not allow him to be fair and impartial if chosen to serve on the jury.

Monday afternoon Davis' attorney Steve Farese questioned the jury pool on how many of them felt homosexuality was a sin and abomination and whether or not they felt the former mayor could get a fair trial in DeSoto County.

Both DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion and Farese called on the jury to focus on the facts during their opening statements to the seated jury.

Davis, who served as mayor for 16 years, was indicted back in 2012.

This trial had been delayed because an unidentified witness was undergoing medical treatment.

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