CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A Cuyahoga County jury will soon decide if Mahoning County attorney Martin Yavorcik is guilty of charges that include conspiracy and bribery.
Deliberations begin Thursday. On Wednesday, both sides listened to the final instructions in the Cleveland courtroom of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge Janet Burnside.
The judge’s instructions came after a lawyer for the State of Ohio, Dan Kassaris, wrapped up his closing arguments, as did Yavorcik, who is defending himself.
Yavorcik is accused campaigning against Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains to stop an investigation into Youngstown Mayor John McNally and former Mahoning County Auditor Mike Sciortino, who were accused of trying to halt the purchase of the Oakhill Renaissance Place for the county offices, which were then located in the Cafaro-owned McGuffey Mall.
McNally and Sciortino took plea deals in the Oakhill Corruption Case, but Yavorcik contends that he is innocent of the 11 felony counts that he is facing.
The jury will return at 8:45 a.m. Thursday and deliberations into whether Yavorcik is innocent or guilty will begin.