RICHMOND (AP) -- One of the jurors in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has been replaced.
Shortly before the start of the McDonnell corruption trial Tuesday morning, lawyers were called into the judge's chambers, 13News Now reporter Nick Ochsner tweeted, adding that Bob McDonnell looked anxious.
U.S. District Judge James Spencer met twice in chambers with lawyers before convening court and announcing that a juror had been dismissed and was replaced by an alternate. He gave no explanation.
Between the two closed meetings, a somber Bob McDonnell sat at the defense table with his back to his wife and stared at the wall for several minutes.
Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms may take the stand Tuesday in the McDonnell corruption case. He'll be testifying about the loan he gave McDonnell.
Bob and Maureen McDonnell face one count each of making false statements on a loan applications. Prosecutors allege they did not disclose a loan from Jonnie Williams on their application.
In opening statements two weeks ago, defense attorneys alluded to the fact that Sessoms, a longtime friend of Bob McDonnell dating back before their days in their respective offices, knew about the loan from Williams at the time he approved McDonnell's application.
But first up Tuesday is former Virginia attorney general Jerry Kilgore. He began testifying Monday and was still being questioned by a prosecutor when the judge called it quits for the day.
Kilgore, who left office in 2005, is now a private attorney. He represented Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in his unsuccessful bid to obtain a state grant for research.
He testified Monday that Williams repeatedly told him the McDonnells supported his efforts.
The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for promoting his company's nutritional supplements.
Firm halting sales of dietary supplement Anatabloc
The dietary supplement maker at the center of a federal trial says it's halting sales of its product called Anatabloc.
Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday it is voluntarily stopping sales while it sorts out issues with the Food and Drug Administration.
Last year, the federal agency sent a warning letter to the company known as Star Scientific saying that its products contain a new dietary ingredient that requires approval before it can be marketed.
The agency also said the company's website had improperly promoted Anatabloc as a drug by suggesting it can be used to treat various diseases.
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