Ex-mayor’s embezzlement trial rescheduled again

SOUTHAVEN — Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis’ trial on charges of embezzlement and false pretense has been rescheduled for a second time.

DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion tells The Commercial Appeal Davis’ trial was scheduled for Aug. 19 but has been continued until Dec. 9.

Davis, 47, was indicted by a DeSoto County grand jury on the felony charges in December. The three-count indictment accuses Davis of embezzlement by a public official linked to his city-leased vehicle and using city gasoline in his personal vehicle.

The third charge is false pretense involving a $1,000 check Davis received from the city for a donation intended for the Bully Bloc, a political action committee at his alma mater, Mississippi State University. Investigators say the PAC never received the donation.

This is not Davis’ only court case this year. The former mayor is slated to return to Jackson Oct. 16-18 to complete the civil trial in which he has been sued by Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering.

Pickering ordered Davis to repay more than $170,000 to Southaven taxpayers. Through supporters, Davis has repaid $96,000 but disputes he still owes more than $70,000, money that the auditor alleges Davis misspent on personal trips, expensive dinners and clothes.

Davis lost his re-election bid during municipal elections in June.

A federal investigation into Davis by the FBI is also ongoing, said FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden.

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