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Ellis trial day two: Secret recordings and uncomfortable meetings

DECATUR, GA (WXIA) -- Day two of testimony against suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis has come to an end, and it centered around secret recordings, and a woman who described an uncomfortable meeting with Ellis about campaign contributions.


That woman is Trina Shealey. Her company, NPI, held a contract with the county.

She testified that in June 2012 she got a call from Ellis, asking for campaign contributions, and another one a few months later. She said she and her husband – who co-managed the company – decided not to give, but she described later having a face-to-face meeting with Ellis, where he complained she had been non-responsive to his calls.

"At this point, I can't remember everything that was said, but I do remember how I felt," she said. "It was very, very ugly; threatened to lose our contract for NSP because I did not respond to calls for campaign contributions."

Most of Wednesday's proceedings centered around the county's former procurement director, Kelvin Walton. In October 2013, Walton secretly recorded a conversation between himself and Ellis, where the two reviewed a list of county vendors, and discussed campaign contributions.

The defense spent the day making the case that Walton was not to be trusted; that he'd lied under oath to a grand jury and was only testifying against Ellis to save his own skin. Prosecutors said liar or not, those tapes cannot be discredited, and tried to get the jury to focus on those.