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Mathis attorneys will ask for charges to be tossed

Kelly Mathis
Posted at 6:59 AM, Oct 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-08 04:31:59-04

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Before jurors get the case, defense attorneys will ask a judge to throw out remaining charges against a Jacksonville attorney accused of helping build up a network of storefront casinos under the guise of a veteran's charity.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys at lawyer Kelly Mathis' trial are back in court Tuesday for the last day before closing arguments at his trial.

Prosecutors planned to call rebuttal witnesses and argue over jury instructions with defense attorneys.

Defense attorneys planned to ask a judge to throw out the remaining 100 or criminal counts Mathis faces.

Mathis is charged with illegal gambling, possessing slot machines and racketeering. He has pleaded not guilty, claiming he merely gave legal advice to the Allied Veterans of the World affiliates.

Closing arguments are set for Wednesday.