Jury mulls ex-Democrat treasurer's fate

By Jessica Kwong, San Antonio Express News

Updated 11:47 p.m., Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Already convicted of embezzling roughly $200,000 from a Bexar County Democratic Party bank account, Dwayne Adams, the party's former treasurer, listened Tuesday to witness after witness describe other shady transactions in his past before a jury began deliberating his sentence.

Unable to decide his punishment for felony theft and misapplication of fiduciary property after more than two hours of deliberating, the panel was sent home by state District Judge Philip Kazen. Jurors were to resume this morning.

Adams, convicted Monday, faces up to 20 years in prison.

Taken together, Tuesday's testimony of eight prosecution witnesses described “a pattern of economic recklessness,” Assistant District Attorney Patrick Ballantyne said. The accusations ranged from stealing thousands of dollars from the Gay and Lesbian Community Center to not paying the local Democratic Party's rent.

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