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Former plant manager continues on the stand in Salmonella trial

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Defense lawyers are still waiting for their chance to question a key witness in the salmonella trial in Albany federal court.

Today, prosecutors questioned the former manager of the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely for a sixth day.

Jurors have now heard from 9 witnesses during two weeks of testimony.

Samuel Lightsey will be back on the stand Monday for a seventh day.

Prosecutors still aren't finished questioning on of their star witnesses, Samuel Lightsey. In May, he pleaded guilty to seven counts, including mail and wire fraud and introducing adulterated and misbranded food into interstate commerce. 

PCA owner Stewart Parnell, his brother Michael Parnell, and quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson are now on trial, named in a 76 count indictment connected to a deadly salmonella outbreak that was traced to their plant.

"The government has really alleged in about a 50 page indictment 3 buckets of charges against the individuals. The penalties that are associated with those charges are severe," said defense attorney Charlie Peeler.

Today, Lightsey's testimony continued as he reviewed documents that prosecutors say prove PCA really didn't conduct tests for salmonella on some of the products they sold.

The government told defense lawyers that their case would take about 5 weeks to present, although now it looks like they underestimated

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