• Deliberations resume Tuesday in DeKalb schools corruption trial

    By: Erica Byfield


    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Jurors in a high-profile corruption case wrapped up their first full day of deliberations.

    Patricia Reid and Tony Pope are on trial. The former couple are facing racketeering and theft by taking charges.

    Reid is a former DeKalb County Schools executive, and Pope is an architect.

    The state alleges Reid used her influence to get Pope more than a million dollars' worth of work.

    Jurors sent two notes to the judge on Monday.

    The first contained at least eight questions; the last questioned what time they would be dismissed for the day.

    In the first note, the jurors requested several documents and asked for words to be defined, including the word "conspiracy."

    "I think conspiracy is one of those difficult concepts, and I think I need to give them something more," said Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker.

    The jurors also asked for tape and a board to stick things on; the judge agreed.

    Becker granted another request for a document. She did not allow the jurors to take the document in the jury room but allowed Chief Assistant District Attorney Kellie Hill to read it to them.

    "Pat said, 'I have not done anything wrong,' and'they are not smart enough to find something,'" Hill read.

    Deliberations resume on Tuesday.

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