Government, defense rest in Bolton trial

Government, defense rest in Bolton trial
Charles and Linda Bolton (Photo source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The third day of the federal trial for Charles and Linda Bolton began with the government resting their case after hours long testimony on Wednesday with their seventh witness.

The defense asked the judge to acquit both defendants, citing lack of evidence. Judge Keith Starrett denied the request and the defense called their first witness.

Helen Moreland, the secretary for John Lee, took the stand.

She was questioned about checks, accounts and statements regarding Lee and the Boltons.

The witness gave damaging testimony on cross examination by the government after she was asked if Lee ever wrote her checks for her to cash and return to him.

She said no, that he would write them to himself and get the money, and that he never asked anyone or another business to do it for him.

After a short testimony, she was dismissed as a witness and the defense rested their case.

The defense issued subpoenas for multiple other people to testify, but elected not to call them.

Both Charles and Linda elected not to testify.

The judge and attorneys will meet for jury instructions before closing arguments.

This is a developing story. More details will be reported as they become available.