Verdict in Fla. attorney's trial may affect cases

Jurors continue delberations Friday over veterans charity scandal

Published On: Oct 11 2013 08:43:23 AM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

The verdict in a Florida attorney's trial will likely influence how the remaining two dozen or so co-defendants resolve their cases arising from charges that Internet cafes operated by a veterans charity were a front for a $300 million gambling operation.

Jurors will continue deliberations Friday in Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis' trial on charges that he helped build the alleged gambling operation under the guise of a veterans' charity.

Jurors deliberated for five hours Thursday before going home for the night.

Mathis was the first of 57 defendants to go on trial in the Allied Veterans case that led to the resignation of Florida's lieutenant governor and a ban on all Internet cafes in the state earlier this year.