Jackson mayor willing to testify for co-defendant

Embattled Jackson Mayor Frank Melton says he's willing to testify on behalf of his bodyguard and co-defendant in a federal criminal trial.

Melton says in a signed affidavit that one of his bodyguards, Michael Recio, did not participate in the sledgehammer attack on an alleged crack house.

Melton and two police bodyguards were charged in July with the 2006 destruction of a duplex apartment that the mayor considered a blight on the community.

The other bodyguard - Marcus Wright - struck a deal with prosecutors last week and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.

Recio wants to be tried separately from Melton. Recio says in court papers Monday that separate trials would allow the mayor to testify on his behalf.