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Defense rests in Ohio $100M charity fraud trial

CLEVELAND (AP) — The defense has rested without calling witnesses in the Cleveland trial of a mysterious defendant charged in a $100 million, cross-country veterans charity fraud.

Some jurors looked surprised as the defense rested Tuesday afternoon in the case against the defendant, who identifies himself as 67-year-old Bobby Thompson. Authorities identify him as Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody.

The defendant had been expected to testify. But his attorney says his client was concerned about his mental state if he faced aggressive cross-examination by prosecutors.

The case was headed to jurors after closing statements and jury instructions.

The former fugitive is charged with looting the United States Navy Veterans Association, a charity he ran in Tampa, Fla.

The charges include racketeering, money laundering, theft and identity theft.

The defendant entered court Tuesday looking disheveled.

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