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Jury starts deliberating in Fla. gambling case

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Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Six jurors have started deliberating whether a Florida attorney is guilty of any crime for helping build what prosecutors say was a multimillion-dollar network of storefront casinos under the guise of a veterans' charity.

The jurors headed to the deliberation room shortly before lunchtime Thursday.

They must decide whether attorney Kelly Mathis is guilty of any of the 104 counts he faces, including racketeering, conspiracy, helping run a lottery and possessing slot machines

Mathis is the first of 57 defendants to go on trial in the Allied Veterans case that led to the resignation of Florida's lieutenant governor and a ban on all Internet cafes in the state earlier this year.

He says he did nothing wrong.

Associated Press

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