Former Marshall Coach Won't Testify In His Fraud Trial

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WOUB Contributing Writer


Updated Wed, May 14, 2014 7:11 am
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Jim Donnan, former football coach at Marshall University

Former Marshall Football Coach Jim Donnan will not testify in his defense in his fraud trial in Athens, Georgia, according to an Athens (GA) newspaper.

Donnan told the judge Tuesday that he decided not to testify.

According to the paper, Donnan's statement came after the judge dismissed jurors for the day, telling them they would return Wednesday to hear one more witness for the defense and closing arguments.

The prosecution rested its case late Tuesday morning.

The defense called three witnesses Tuesday, including an Athens businessman, Donnan's bankruptcy attorney, and Donnan's son, who was a former Marshall quarterback, Todd Donnan.

According to the paper, Todd Donnan testified that he had no concerns about the viability of GLC Limited, which was based out of Huntington, West Virginia, until 2010 when it ran into trouble.

Todd Donnan was an investor in the business.

According to the paper, Todd said, "I know that my dad loves me and my children more than anything in the world, and he would never put us in harm’s way.”

Jim Donnan is facing charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and security fraud, all related to an alleged scheme in which GLC investors lost almost $23 million.

This article contributed by WSAZ.com

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