McDonnell details crumbling marriage


Associated Press & 13News Now

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 21 at 12:08 PM

Live coverage of the McDonnell trial

***** 11:30 a.m. UPDATE: Jurors have heard about what caused the breakdown between the governor and his wife when they got to the governor’s mansion, saying it started during his time in the General Assembly, when he was elected attorney general and continued as governor. He testified that when he was governor, he’d have to schedule time to have lunch or dinner with his wife and even then only ate with her a few times each month.  

9:24 a.m. UPDATE: Walking into the courthouse, Bob McDonnell answered a reporter's question by saying, "I'd rather be fishing."
His daughter Cailin behind him said, "I love my father. 
When a reporter asked Maureen McDonnell about being upset after her husband was elected governor, she didn't respond.

RICHMOND (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will answer questions about the state of his marriage when his public corruption trial resumes in federal court in Richmond.

McDonnell took the stand Wednesday afternoon and said his wife, Maureen, showed anxiety over her new role as first lady the day after he was elected in 2009. His attorney was about to ask him more questions about the marriage when court adjourned, leaving that topic for Thursday.

The former governor and his wife are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.

Defense attorneys have suggested that the McDonnells could not have conspired because their marriage was crumbling and they were barely talking.

13News Now reporter Nick Ochsner will be in the courtroom for the testimony and will tweet updates.