Former Mayor Davis could plead guilty to embezzlement

SOUTHAVEN — Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis may be preparing to plead guilty to the state’s embezzlement case against him.

The Commercial Appeal reports that a court filing in DeSoto County Circuit Court shows that the former Dec. 9 trial date was delayed so Davis could consider a plea offer “in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies.”

Davis requested the continuance and the district attorney’s office agreed, according to records filed Dec. 5. A Feb. 24 trial date has been set.

The three-count state indictment against Davis charges him with using city gasoline in his city-leased 2007 Ford Expedition even though he was getting a monthly mileage check. He also faces a false pretense charge involving a $1,000 check from the city meant for Bully Bloc, a Mississippi State University political action committee. Investigators say the PAC never got the money.

The case is one of many involving the former mayor of the Memphis, Tenn., suburb. He lost his re-election bid earlier this year in the wake of legal problems.

October saw a civil trial conclude in which Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering sued Davis. Pickering alleged the former mayor used city funds on personal expenses, including trips, clothes and expensive dinners. A ruling is expected next year.

Last week, Davis’ ex-wife, Suzann Savage Davis, dropped her $1 million alienation of affection lawsuit against Davis’s boyfriend, Jansen Fair.

Martin Zummach, Suzann Davis’ attorney, filed a stipulation of dismissal without prejudice order on Dec. 17 in DeSoto County Circuit Court, saying the lawsuit had been dropped by his client.

In that suit, filed last year, Suzann Davis alleged that the Starkville man broke up her 20-year marriage to Davis by offering him a role in certain lucrative business enterprises, including a cosmetics store and eco-friendly condominiums, and that Fair persuaded and enticed Davis to leave his wife.

Davis remains under federal investigation for expenses for which he was reimbursed by the city.

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