Anthony Burfoot corruption trial enters second week

13News Now Marcella Robertson has the story

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The second week of testimony is underway in the Anthony Burfoot Trial.

The Norfolk City Treasurer is accused of taking bribes while he was a city councilman.

Burfoot's attorney is accusing two developers of lying. They testified in court last week to footing the bill for Burfoot's lavish lifestyle, giving him cash, a car, and paying for trips.

One of those developers, Dwight Etheridge, completed his testimony Monday.

NHL Hall of Famer turned real estate developer Bruce Smith took the stand after Etheridge. Smith and Burfoot used to be friends. They no longer are.

As part of his testimony, Smith said Etheridge told him he had enough to "bury" Burfoot if he wanted to do so. Smith said he advised Etheridge he should go to the authorities.

Smith told the court he submitted a development plan that was similar to the one put together by Etheridge's company, Tivest Development and Construction, for the proposed Midtown Officer Tower project. Smith added that his proposal went nowhere.

Burfoot's defense team said it did not think Smith's testimony was damaging at all. One of the attorneys added the defense looke forward to putting on its case and presenting "a mountain" of evidence to prove Burfoot's innocence.

Norfolk Chief Deputy Treasurer Wendy Petchell also testified, saying that FBI agents visited her twice, once in 2014 and again in 2015. She state she didn't tell the FBI everything she knew about Burfoot during the agents' first visit.

The trial is expected to continue for several weeks.

TIMELINE: The Anthony Burfoot federal corruption trial


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