Morgan County Council Fight Continues

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A woman in Morgan County elected to Chesterhill Village Council is now fighting to prove her residency after the council believes she isn't a resident.

Rebecca Grady is the woman from Chesterhill who was elected last November to the village council but in January, was not sworn in.

And she's taken the village to court to prove her residency.

Tuesday the last witness from the village's side and then Grady herself took the stand.

Followed by her husband, two sons, an employee at her restaurant and a member of the village council, Grady spoke of her residency above her restaurant located in Chesterhill and her length of that residency.

Some believe that she does not live above her restaurant, which is what lead the council to not acknowledge her election and swear her in as a member.

But one council member who took the stand Tuesday says she had no reason to believe either way.

"I had no reason to dispute that she wasn't a resident," says Tonya Tabler, a Chesterhill Village Council member. "I just feel that if we would have had sufficient evidence to deny her her seat, then she wouldn't be trying to gain her seat now."

Grady did get a little emotional during her testimony, saying that the seat isn't worth this fight but that the votes she got should count.

After the last witness took the stand both sides rested and now what will happen is both sides have two weeks to submit a final briefing and from there the judge will make a decision in writing to both sides.

This article contributed by WTAP Television in Parkersburg.