Lawyers for Mayor Marion Barry began trying to derail the government's drug and perjury case with testimony from a member of his police security detail, but prosecutors alleged the officer had used cocaine.
Sgt. James Stays, a member of the mayor's security detail throughout Barry's three terms in office, also denied a claim Thursday in U.S. District Court that he once acted as a middleman in supplying Barry with cocaine.The trial was scheduled to resume Friday.
The trial recessed for lunch Thursday after Assistant U.S. Attorney Judith Retchin said - with the jury out of the room - she had planned to introduce evidence that another security guard told police Stays once used cocaine.
A lawyer was appointed by the court to represent Stays when testimony resumed.
Stays, a 30-year police veteran, said on the first day of defense testimony that prosecution witness Rasheeda Moore lied when she testified he once gave her cash from Barry for cocaine, baby-sat her children and took her shopping.
Moore, a former model and the mayor's one-time lover, worked with the FBI to lure Barry to the downtown Vista International Hotel on Jan. 18, when Barry was arrested after being videotaped smoking crack cocaine.
Stays, who said his responsibility to Barry was to "protect his life," accompanied Barry on many trips, including one to the Virgin Islands in March 1988 at which former city employee Charles Lewis testified he and Barry smoked crack and another witness said Barry smoked marijuana.