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Day Three: CEO Jonnie Williams, McDonnell's Son Among Those On Stand Wednesday

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Today, the judge in the McDonnell trial released new photos, emails and documents today used as evidence in the trial. In the photos, Bob and Maureen can be seen smiling from the front seat of a Ferrari. Today, the judge in the McDonnell trial released new photos, emails and documents today used as evidence in the trial. In the photos, Bob and Maureen can be seen smiling from the front seat of a Ferrari.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Family members of Bob and Maureen McDonnell continue to be called to the stand as part of the corruption case against the former first couple continues in United States District Court Wednesday afternoon.

Following lengthy testimony from Jonnie Williams' personal assistant Jerri Fulkerson, Bobby McDonnell, McDonnell's son took the stand and discussed his interactions with Star Scientific CEO Williams.


While on the stand, McDonnell added that he did not give the gifts back to Williams, going on to say that he believed that they had developed a friendship.

Shortly before 5pm, Williams himself took the stand after being called by the prosecution. While on the stand, he opened up about conversations he had with former first lady Maureen McDonnell.



Several of the exhibits that were shown in court were released to the public, including photographs that show the former Virginia First Couple sitting in an expensive vehicle owned by Williams.


Full coverage of the McDonnell case tonight on 8News starting at 5p.m. For breaking news, follow reporters Parker Slaybaugh (@Parker8News) and Mark Tenia (MarkTenia8News) on Twitter and stay with 8News for the latest on the McDonnell corruption trial.

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Day three of the corruption trial of Bob and Maureen McDonnell began Wednesday morning, following several bombshell revaluations in court Tuesday.

The McDonnells once again arrived to court separately Wednesday morning.

The first witness called to the stand on Wednesday was Jonnie Williams' personal assistant, Jerri Fulkerson. Fulkerson's testimony has focused on her role in setting up vacations and trips for the McDonnells.



Defense attorneys are questioning the credibility of Williams' assistant, saying she received a $20,000 bonus when the investigation began. She also has received immunity for her testimony in court.

Members of the court and public got an unexpected view into the McDonnell's relationship during Tuesday's opening statements, including many intimate details about the state of their marriage.


The Commonwealth told the jury that "Robert McDonnell was the most powerful official in Virginia" and said that he used his power to take more that $150,000 in cash, loans, vacations, golf, and luxury goods from Jonnie Williams to help him sell his product."

In a bombshell statement, Maureen McDonnell's attorney during opening statements says this was not a conspiracy between husband and wife and that the relationship between Bob and Maureen was broken and both barely spoke.

He added that the McDonnell's relationship was broken long before Johnnie Williams ever entered the picture. Also, Maureen never wanted to be First Lady, according to her attorney. She did, however, have great affection for Jonnie Williams because he gave her the attention she was desperately seeking, according to her attorney.

Stay with 8News on air and online for continual updates on the trail throughout the day. Follow our reporters Parker Slaybaugh (@Parker8News) and Mark Tenia (marktenia8News) on Twitter and Facebook for live updates straight from the courthouse.

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