The gambling trial of former FSU quarterback Adrian McPherson gets underway Wednesday. Late Tuesday afternoon, attorneys were in court with last-minute motions in the case, including an attempt to keep several high-profile witnesses off the stand.
In the final day before the trial, prosecutor Georgia Cappleman was fighting to keep eight witnesses off the stand, including FSU football coach Bobby Bowden, and athletic director Dave Hart.
Cappleman says the witnesses have no direct knowledge of the gambling allegations, and have told her they've received little information about testifying.
Defense attorney Grady Irvin denied that, and Judge Tim Harley let the witnesses stay on the list.
“We're looking forward to kick off tomorrow, by Friday we'll be a the goal line, no pun intended. We're prepared, looking forward to seeing what happens later this week,” says Chuck Hobbs, attorney.
Cappelman didn't comment after the hearing. The judge also set up a deposition for a Bradenton herald reporter, roger Moody, Tuesday morning. Moody wrote an article with an exclusive interview of Otis Livingston, an associate of McPherson and a key witness.
Much of Tuesday’s hearing centered around whether Moody's status as a member of the press protects him from being called as a witness, excluding him from covering the trial.
His attorneys said he's on his way to Tallahassee, and is expected to be here for the trial.