Flu shortens Lyons session
Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 13, 1999
Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer halted testimony early after Edwards reported she had a fever and other flu-like symptoms. With Edwards' consent, the judge allowed one witness to testify without Edwards in the courtroom before adjourning for the day.
Earlier, Lyons' secretary testified that a letter sent to the Anti-Defamation League assuring that $225,000 the ADL gave Lyons to rebuild burned black churches had been spent was mailed in error. Prosecutors say he stole most of the money.
Deborah Blake said Lyons had dictated the letter to her and she had stamped his signature on it. "I made a mistake in preparing the letter to go out in the mail," she testified.
Lyons' attorneys say he was still investigating which churches needed the money.