RICHMOND -– Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are waiting for word from the jury in their federal corruption trial.
Jurors are in their third day of deliberations.
The former first couple was on trial for more than five weeks, accused of accepting more than $177,000 in gifts and loans from wealthy businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's product.
A federal grand jury indicted the couple on 14 counts of corruption, accepting bribes and obstructing an investigation in January; just 10 days after Bob McDonnell left office.
In counts one through four, the McDonnells are accused of conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud and honest services wire fraud.
Counts five through 11 allege the McDonnells conspired to obtain property under color of official right and obtaining property under color of official right.
On count 12, Bob McDonnell was accused of making false statements on a personal financial statement that he submitted to TowneBank.
On count 13, Bob McDonnell and Maureen McDonnell were accused of making false statements on a loan application that they submitted to Pentagon Federal Credit Union.
On count 14, Maureen McDonnell was charged with obstruction of a official proceeding for a letter she wrote to Jonnie Williams after she was questioned by law enforcement officials.
The prosecution tried to show that the McDonnells were financially destitute and willing to sell the governor's office to help pay off credit cards debt and mortgages on beach properties. The McDonnells did not deny accepting gifts and loans from Williams but said they were not bribes.
Williams was given immunity in both this case and a separate securities investigation in exchange for his testimony. Defense attorneys chiseled away at Williams’ credibility throughout the trial—including during closing arguments, when lawyers said Williams’ credibility is far less than that of Bob McDonnell’s own testimony.
The defense's case was built on the fact that the McDonnells' marriage was broken and, therefore, the couple couldn't have conspired because they weren't communicating.
The McDonnells, who have been married for 38 years, had separate legal teams and came to the courthouse separately throughout the trial.
During the trial, McDonnell told the jury that he had moved out of his house and was living with his parish priest.
At one time, Bob McDonnell was considered a rising star in the national Republican Party. The former Virginia attorney general had been chairman of the Republican Governors Association and was being considered as Mitt Romney's running mate in the 2012 presidential election.