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Testimony: Relationship Between McDonnell's Went "From Bad to Worse"

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Maureen Uncapher McDonnell, Bob McDonnell's sister took the stand today.

Uncapher spent a lot of time talking about Bob's character, calling him the most ethical and honest person she had ever met. She says Bob McDonnell was 11 years older than her and Uncapher said she looked at him as a mentor or a surrogate father figure.

Uncapher had some unpleasant things to say about Bob's McDonnell's wife, Maureen.

Uncapher said that there are two sides to Maureen McDonnell and that you can never sure which one you're going to get. Uncapher also said Maureen could be manipulative, unpredictable, and deceptive. She said Maureen would hide things from Bob to work things out for her benefit.

Uncapher also referred to Maureen McDonnell as a "vitamin nut," saying as long as she has known her, Maureen was always into that and 'nutraceuticals.'

Uncapher says the relationship between Bob and Maureen McDonnell was strained before he became governor, but said that the relationship went from "bad to worse after Bob became governor."

Uncapher said Maureen McDonnell did not like her role as first lady and that Maureen "felt trapped" at the mansion. Uncapher testified that once when Maureen was in Virginia. Beach, Maureen had texted Uncapher and said "I'd like to see you before I have to go back to that prison mansion."

Former first lady Maureen McDonnell was painted as difficult, demanding and like a "diva" in the first day of the defense's argument in the McDonnell's corruption trial.

Yesterday defense attorneys tried to show just how broken the McDonnell's marriage was. Several former staffers for Bob McDonnell were called, all testifying that he never directed them to do anything for Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

Yesterday's star witness was former Secretary of the Commonwealth, Janet Kelly.

When Kelly talked about the first lady she became emotional, saying she didn't want to "pile on."

Kelly described the relationship between McDonnell's wife, Maureen, and Jonnie Williams as flirty.

She then went on to call Maureen McDonnell "diva-ish," very demanding and not good at handling pressure. Kelly also said Maureen often took out her frustrations on her staff.

Kelly even said several staff members thought she had a mental illness at one point.

Kelly testified that Bob McDonnell is "one of the most honest men" she knows. When it came to the McDonnell's relationship, Kelly testified she thought an unhappy Mrs. McDonnell was affecting Bob McDonnell's ability to be governor.

The defense's biggest weapon will be bob McDonnell himself. He's expected to testify at some point during the trial.

Stay with 8News for continuing coverage on this developing story.
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