Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 Written by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press
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.