Former Herenton bodyguard testifies in former Atlanta mayor's trial

Mayor Herenton's former bodyguard testified about Altanta's former mayor and his time in Memphis.

It was day five of the federal racketeering trial of former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell and it was eventful for a number of different reasons. Chief among them, the testimony of Henry Stansbury, a former member of Herenton's security detail.

The fifth day of former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell's federal racketeering trial brought a failed attempt to have the judge declare a mistrial and the jury was sent home early, because some members were trapped in a broken elevator for nearly an hour.

But before court adjourned for the day, Henry Stansbury, a former bodyguard for Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton took the stand, telling jurors how he was "assigned" to Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell on at least six occasions over four or five years And that most of the trips involved driving Campbell to Tunica with an Atlanta contractor.

"There's nothing to be gained by commenting on specific testimony. We had an excellent first week. We are very pleased," said former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell.

Prosecutors are trying to show that contractors bought their way into Atlanta city deals by wining and dining Campbell.

Stansbury said in court that Campbell never asked him to drive him anywhere and that everytime he picked the former Mayor up it was at Herenton's request.

Action News 5 spoke with Mayor Herenton this afternoon by phone about the testimony.

"It is customary in many American cities for mayors to provide executive security or escort security for their colleagues when they come in to the city," said Herenton. "When I went to Atlanta Mayor Campbell made those executive services available to me. It is not chauffeuring. It is considered escort security."