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UPDATE: Thompson won't testify in his Navy-charity scam trial
Thompson, also known as Cody, had been expected to testify this morning to start off the defense in his weeks-long trial
Story by M.L. SCHULTZE AND KEVIN NIEDERMIER


 
Bobby Thompson, also known as John Donald Cody, showed up so disheveled this morning that the judge delayed his testimony.
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UPDATE 12:47: Bobby Thompson will not testify and the defense is expected to rest its case today without calling any witnesses. Thompson's lawyer told the judge there are concerns about Thompson's mental and physical state. 

UPDATE: Bobby Thompson has not yet returned to the Cuyahoga County courtroom. He was due back at 11:30 to tell the judge whether he would testify in is own defense.

Correction: Thompson is accused of siphoning $100 million from donors. This story originally gave the wrong amount.

The long-awaited testimony of Bobby Thompson in his massive fraud trial will wait a little longer.

Cuyahoga County prosecutors and those in other states say Thompson is really John Donald Cody. He’s accused of stealing more than a $100 million from people who donated to his U.S. Navy Veterans Association, and was expected to take the stand in his own defense this morning.

But he was late and disheveled coming to court and hedged when the judge asked if he wanted to take the stand. The judge then adjourned the proceedings until 11:30, when Thompson is to be given another chance to testify.

Thompson was arrested in April 2012, after a two-year search for him. He then signed all court papers with an "X" and officials were not able to identify him as Cody until nearly six months later. His defense lawyer has intimated he was acting undercover for the CIA during years he was running the charity.

 

 

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