Defendants Arraigned on Bribery Charges

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

During a brief court appearance Friday, the trial was set for April 4, 2011, with all 11 of the defendants to be tried together.

Defense attorney Jim Parkman estimated the trial could take six months because of the number of defendants and amount of evidence to be questioned.

Outside the courthouse, more than 20 supporters of Dothan casino developer Ronnie Gilley carried signs saying, "Ronnie Is Innocent" and shouted, "We believe in you, Ronnie." Some said they had worked at his now closed Country Crossing casino and entertainment complex.

Gilley told them he will continue to fight for the project and that he had never offered money for a vote.

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