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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – After about 4 days of being on the witness stand, former Bibb County superintendent, Dr. Romain Dallemand was excused.
Harold Knowles’ attorney, Jimmy Judkins, continued the 7th day of the Cliffard Whitby and Knowles bribery trial by presenting an e-mail between Knowles and Dallemand. Dallemand thanked Judkins for presenting the document as evidence because Dallemand said he was looking for that e-mail, but could not find it.
Judkins claimed the e-mail showed how Knowles could profit from the Macon Miracle plan, but Dallemand said that was not it. Dallemand claims he and Knowles had a deal including Knowles’ company, Pinnacle. If the Bibb County School District were to give Knowles construction contracts, Knowles would “take care” of Dallemand. Dallemand says the email shows how Knowles was going to funnel money to him.
Dallemand also explained how he met Knowles. He says he met him through a friend who told him Knowles was a person he “needed to meet”.
Judkins presented a cashier’s check for $100,000 that was sent to Knowles & Randolph, Knowles’ law firm. Dallemand claims Whitby sent it to Knowles via mail, but the check did not show who bought the check. It was meant to go into Knowles’ law firm’s trust account, which was under Dallemand’s name.
Dallemand confirmed that Knowles was not personally being investigated by the FBI. Dallemand said that early on in the trial, but clarified the investigation involved Knowles’ employee, who was accused of embezzling money from his company.
Another defense attorney, for Central Georgia Partnership for Individual and Community Development (PCID), mentioned that Dallemand took an oath when when he filed his taxes, but lied and he’s under oath again.
The prosecution redirected and presented an agreement for software between Pinnacle and Whitby Inc., owned by Whitby. The project showed it would cost $2,000,365. Prosecution also showed an invoice from Pinnacle to the Bibb County School District (BCSD) that shows BCSD paid $3.2 million. Dallemand says that in one of the recorded phone calls, Whitby mentioned he was still owed $1.2 million.
The defense then clarified the document showed that Whitby Inc. would pay Pinnacle the $2,000,365.
The defense also brought up that Dallemand did not mention anything about Whitby agreeing to pay him 10% in a hotel lobby in Washington D.C. until August of 2017. The FBI first approached Dallemand in December of 2016.
Attorneys Patrick Millsaps, Andrea Jolliffe and Randy Howard also took the stand to explain the BCSD’s role in the Macon Promise Neighborhood (MPN) and the lease agreement with PICD.
Trial continues Wednesday morning at 8 AM with Ron Collier on the stand.