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Ex-Edwards aide: Donors' cash went into NC house

FILE - In this April 12, 2012, file photo, former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. John Edwards arrives outside federal court in Greensboro, N.C.  Andrew Young retook the witness stand for a fourth straight day at Edwards’ criminal trial in a North Ca
FILE - In this April 12, 2012, file photo, former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. John Edwards arrives outside federal court in Greensboro, N.C. Andrew Young retook the witness stand for a fourth straight day at Edwards’ criminal trial in a North Carolina courthouse over accused campaign finance violations on Thursday, April 26, 2012. The former aide was the first witness called by the prosecution and is key to making the government’s case that Edwards directed a scheme to use nearly $1 million in secret payments from two wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress as he campaigned for the White House in 2008. Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts and faces up to 30 years behind bars if convicted.
Gerry Broome, File, Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A former John Edwards aide has said that the bulk of nearly $1 million in cash that prosecutors say bought the silence of Edwards' mistress went to help build the aide's dream house.

Andrew Young testified for a fourth day Thursday at Edwards' campaign finance trial in Greensboro, N.C.

Edwards attorney Abbe Lowell peppered Young with questions about money that flowed into personal accounts controlled by Young and his wife. Young acknowledged most of the money helped build the couple's $1.5 million house near Chapel Hill, N.C.

Young has said he took secret payments from wealthy donors at Edwards' direction to help conceal the presidential contender's affair with a pregnant mistress.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six criminal charges and faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.