MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Bayou La Batre Mayor Stan Wright pled not guilty at an arraignment hearing at the federal courthouse Wednesday. Mary Wright also entered a not guilty plea.
The seven count indictment centers around land in Safe Harbor Estates which is a development meant to help hurricane Katrina victims.
The indictment claims Wright gave his daughter, Mary, a piece of the land, and then she in turn sold it back to the city. It claims Mary then wrote Mayor Wright four checks totaling more than $27,000.
Wright is also accused of intimidating a witness.
Mayor Wright did not have a lot to say in court but did tell the judge he was on a number of medications, including pills for anxiety, depression and sleeping problems.
Wright and his attorney Arthur Madden did not have a comment on the case, but Wright did say he is not stepping down as Mayor.
"I'm not quitting," said Wright.
Wright and his daughter will be back in court in December for a pre-trial hearing. Until then he is to have no contact with the witness he is accused of intimidating.
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