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Pleaded not guilty

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O’Banion, Gaines and Lewis declare innocence on all charges

By Jessica Singleton

Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion, former Deputy Judge-Executive Renaee Gaines and Treasurer Gayla Lewis pleaded not guilty to all charges yesterday.

O’Banion was charged with theft, theft of services and official misconduct. Gaines was charged with two counts of theft, complicity to theft of services and official misconduct; and Lewis was charged with complicity to theft and two charges of official misconduct.

The three will present their case at the trial which has been set for Jan. 13 with a back-up date of Jan. 20. O’Banion, Gaines and Lewis will appear together at the trial.

A bond of $10,000 was set for each defendant.

Circuit Judge Stephen Bates asked all parties to submit all motions and other materials to the court as soon as possible.