By Meymo Lyons
The defense has rested in Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's theft trial after calling four witness. The defense called two witnesses this morning, Dixon's pastor and a florist who testified about an anonymous delivery from Dixon's former boyfriend, developer Ronald Lipscomb. The testimony was allowed even though counts involving Lipscomb were dismissed and jurors were instructed to disregard testimony that involved him.
Prosecutors say Dixon used gift cards for the needy on personal shopping sprees. The defense says Lipscomb anonymously gave Dixon gift cards for her own use, and she thought a gift card delivery from another developer was from Lipscomb. The mayor is also accused of misusing cards from a charity event.