A last-minute motion to dismiss by Attorney Lisa Anderson on Monday morning based on verbiage in an amended information filed by the SAO on Friday was denied by Judge Michael Overstreet and jury selection proceeded for much of the morning.
PANAMA CITY — A former chief prosecutor will find himself in a very different seat in the courtroom this week as he goes on trial for possession of contraband in a detention facility and perjury.
Greg Wilson was in court Monday morning to observe jury selection for his trial, which is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and possibly run into Wednesday. Wilson was second-in-command at the State Attorney’s Office, but resigned in 2016 to mount an unsuccessful run for state attorney against his former boss, Glenn Hess. Hess won the election by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin, and Wilson went to work as a defense attorney.
About a year later, he was arrested after an investigation at the Bay County Jail regarding his actions with two of his clients.
A last-minute motion to dismiss by Anderson on Monday morning based on verbiage in an amended information filed by the SAO on Friday was denied by Judge Michael Overstreet and jury selection proceeded for much of the morning.
Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Anderson took turns questioning the prospective jury members, asking whether they knew or had contact before with anyone in the courtroom; had experience with the court system; their knowledge of burden of proof and the presumption of innocence; and whether they could be fair and impartial.
Before resting his questioning of prospective jurors, Campbell posed a question to the panel about whether everyone must follow the law.
“Does everyone on this panel agree no one is above the law?” he asked before yielding the floor to Anderson. “And no one is below the law?”
At the end of the selection process, an eight-person jury was seated for the trial.
A ruling on Friday cleared the way for jurors to be shown a key piece of the state’s case — a video shot in September 2017 showing Wilson apparently assisting two inmates, sisters Clista Robbins and Christy White, pass notes, or “kites,” while meeting with him at separate times in an attorney interview room. When questioned under oath about his actions, Wilson categorically denied the allegations as “absolutely false,” but at that time he was not aware of the video.
Wilson could face up to five years in prison if convicted of the third-degree felony.
Reporter Zack McDonald contributed to this story.