Jury returning to work in former Va. governor trial

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
(Associated Press photo)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Jurors have deliberated about 13 hours over five days without reaching a verdict in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. They will return to federal court in Richmond on Thursday to continue examining a massive amount of testimony and other evidence from a trial that’s now in its sixth week. The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with doing special favors for Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for $165,000 in gifts and loans. McDonnell is a onetime national Republican up-and-comer who was considered a possible running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. He testified in his own defense and denied criminal wrongdoing. Williams testified under immunity as the prosecution’s star witness.

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