Dixon Trial Update

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Jurors in the trial of former state senator Roscoe Dixon got their first in-person look Friday at Tim Willis, the FBI undercover informant who is a key player in Operation Tennessee Waltz.

Willis took the witness stand shortly before the lunch break and is expected to continue testifying this afternoon and possibly next week. Willis posed as a lobbyist for the FBI’s sham computer recycling company, E-Cycle Management. Jurors have seen him in several hours of videotapes prior to his court appearance Friday.

Wearing a pin-striped gray suit, Willis took the stand and said his background included two criminal convictions plus stints working as a political consultant for Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and several Tennessee and Memphis politicians.

A previous witness, Barry Myers, testified that Willis gave him money which he passed along to Dixon. In one tape shown earlier this week, Willis puts money on a table and Dixon takes a stack of ten $100 bills before leaving Willis’s home.

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