There are new developments in the trial of former Unicoi County sheriff Kent Harris.
He's accused of stealing money from the county, and Tuesday's testimony is shedding new light on the case.
Family and friends sat behind former sheriff Kent Harris during his second day on trial; but it's one of Harris's former friends, Lynn Colbaugh, who took the stand for the prosecution, not the defense.
"We loved him like a son. Tom and I never had any children. We thought the world of him," Colbaugh said on the stand.
Colbaugh testified she and her husband bought two bloodhounds for the sheriff's department, followed by a string of other donations, and they even added Harris as the sole beneficiary of their nearly $2 million dollar estate. It was a relative's two Buicks that started controversy.
"Kent came to us and said, would you all be willing to donate Edith's [Colbaugh's aunt] cars to the sheriff's department?" Colbaugh testified.
Colbaugh told the jury she met Harris in a parking lot to hand over the title, and he unexpectedly gave her a county check for each car.
"He said, 'What I want you to do is take them to the bank and cash them in $100 bills, and I'll meet you down in the parking lot and you give me the money.' I said, 'Okay,' and I still didn't quite understand, but Kent, I had so much trust in him," said Colbaugh.
The defense had questions of their own.
"You worked 42 years for the bank checking errors and deposits and withdrawals, correct? And you want this jury to believe that you were handed a check for $3,000 and $1,500 and you don't know what it's for?" asked defense attorney Stacy Street during Colbaugh's cross examination.
Earlier in the trial, the defense claimed that money had an intended use known by both Harris and the Colbaughs to train the bloodhounds they bought for the county, but later used to get rid of the dogs.
Defense attorneys also questioned why, if the cars were improperly donated, no one brought it to an official's attention.
"It bothered you so bad and questioned you so bad you were so worried about it you went and told the mayor when? Never did, did you?" said Street.
We learned the state rested its case, meaning the defense will now have the opportunity to call witnesses and go on the offensive.