BREAKING: Jury finds DeKalb County CEO guilty of corruption charges
A jury has found DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis guilty of four of nine criminal counts against him, according to a social media posting by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Ellis is accused of shaking down contractors for campaign contributions. The AJC said jurors found Ellis guilty on charges of perjury and attempted extortion.
Last October, jurors were unable to reach a verdict in the case. Ellis will lose his position as CEO, and could have been reinstated if he had been found not guilty. Former DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May has served as interim CEO since Ellis had to step down in July of 2013.
In a press release following the verdict, May said, “I encourage everyone to join me in keeping the Ellis family in our thoughts and prayers. I wish them strength in the days and months ahead. Mr. Ellis remains under suspension during any appeal until the final disposition of his case or the expiration of his term of office, whichever comes first. While the suspension is in effect, I remain as Interim Chief Executive Officer. As Interim CEO, I will continue to stay focused on moving the county forward.”
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