Informant testifies about winnings in slot machine trial

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 05:53 PM.

“That may be my fault for using the word sweepstakes. Maybe I should have used the word gambling,” Morning testified.

Chestnut pointed out that the term “sweepstakes” is in the search warrant but Muse was charged with a slot machine violation.

The confidential informant was called to the stand and explained how he was given $20 by police to use to play the Super Expressway gaming machines and ultimately cash in winnings.

Defense attorney Clemmons grilled the informant about his record, which included federal and state felony drug convictions and two lengthy stays in prison.

The informant testified that his criminal past gave him no benefit in his ability to play the machines.

The defense maintained that the gaming devices were games a skill that required use of the eyes, fingers, brain, some motor control, memory, knowledge and experience, to which the informant agreed.

“I would agree that it takes some type of skill, yes,” he testified. Somewhat to the contrary, the informant had earlier testified that “after a while you can see pattern, but you can’t predict what’s coming down. The machine stops itself.”

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