Former City Commissioner Scott Maddox took the stand today as witness in the J.T. Burnette trial and disputed on one of the main charges against Burnette.
The indictment alleged that Burnette arranged the logistics of bribe payments of $10,000 per month to Maddox through Governance, and told the company representatives that Maddox wanted them to deal only with Burnette.
However, Maddox stated on the stand that the $10,000 payments were for lobbying services by Paige-Carter Smith. Maddox said the payments sent by Southern Pines to Governance was for legitimate consulting on Fallschase by Paige Carter-Smith.
Maddox said the payments had nothing to do with him selling his vote.
Maddox also addressed the Mckibbon hotel project.
The indictment alleges Burnette “caused a company to pay $110,000 in exchange for Maddox declaring a conflict and not voting at a Tallahassee City Commission meeting. At that meeting, the Commission was slated to vote on an extension sought by a hotel development group to allow more time to meet certain City requirements to build a hotel close to a downtown hotel owned by Burnette.”
Maddox’s failure to participate resulted in a 2-2 tie vote by the Commission that denied the hotel development group the extension it sought and ended the project.
Maddox said after an April 2013 city commission meeting, when the Mckibbon hotel project was discussed, Burnette asked him not to support the McKibbon project.
Maddox said he told Burnette he would declare a conflict.
Maddox also said Burnette asked that Paige Carter-Smith not represent Mckibbon. Maddox said Burnette promised to pay Carter-Smith $100,000 for the business she would’ve gotten if she had represented McKibbon. McKibbon was a previous Governance client.