Childers trial will proceed©Associated Press
December 9, 2002
PENSACOLA -- Prosecutors said they will proceed with the trial against suspended Escambia County Commissioner W.D. Childers despite the acquittal of a real estate salesman accused of bribing him.
Salesman Joe Elliot was cleared Friday of money laundering and racketeering, and charges that he bribed Childers and suspended Escambia Commissioner Willie Junior.
Elliot was accused of bribing Childers and Junior to vote for buying a defunct soccer complex from Elliott and his wife, Georgann, for $3.9-million last year.
State Attorney Curtis Golden said Saturday the state will press ahead with its case against Childers and Georgann Elliott.
Childers' trial on charges of bribery and money laundering is to start March 31.
Childers, Junior and two fellow commissioners were indicted in April and were suspended by Gov. Jeb. Bush.
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