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Albritten trial is under way

September 16, 2003

Albany- Robert Albritten walked into the courtroom expressionless. His defense team certain the Dawson mayor did no wrongdoing.

"Mayor Albritten is not guilty of criminal misconduct. We're here to defend the case, we're fighting these charges. They are very serious charges," says defense attorney Bill Murray.

So serious both the state and Albritten's defense team spent most of the day just weeding through the 48 potential jurors.

"If the jury that is selected will look very closely at the evidence that's compared to the charges I believe that jury will see the state has not proved it's case against Mayor Albritten period," says Murray.

"We certainly believe that we have ample evidence to proceed. He's been indicted by the Grand Jury and we plan on presenting that evidence," says District Attorney Ken Hodges.

Still, defense attorney Bill Murray stands behind his client and since Dawson voters re-elected Albritten as mayor even after he was charged his character could become a key defense strategy.

"I don't know whether he's going to put up character evidence or not. The facts and the allegations in this case are pretty straight forward," says Hodges.

And the state is hoping to convince jurors they point straight to Albritten's guilt.

Robert Albritten was indicted in August 2002 by a Dougherty County grand jury on fraud and forgery charges related to ten life insurance policies.

Posted at 4:45 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com