It has been a long two days for Jonnie Williams- the wealthy businessman at the center of McDonnell gifts scandal.
Williams entered the courtroom this morning for a second day of testimony in the corruption trial against the former first family and after a full day on the witness stand, his time in court is far from finished.
The defense did begin their questioning of Williams, but it was the prosecution who had the floor for most of the day. Their job was to let the millionaire tell his side of the story- and it is a story that casts the McDonnell family in a very negative light.
A man that spent most of the last year avoiding the spotlight had no choice but to bask in it today. Williams spent all day on the witness stand building the case that his relationship with the McDonnell family was all about helping his company Star Scientific. Williams testified that having the then First Lady Maureen McDonnell at events for the company did just that.
"The credibility of Virginia came with the First Lady," he said.
In exchange for that credibility Williams showered the McDonnells with gifts, like a $6 thousand dollar Rolex watch. With travel- like an all expenses paid trip to this swanky estate in Cape Cod, and with outright cash- like two loans of $20 and $50 thousand to bail out the McDonnell family's "underwater" beach house.
Williams said that he and then Governor Bob McDonnell had a private conversation in his office of the Patrick Henry Building. Williams claimed that they talked about both the loans for the beach house and the best way to get McDonnell the cash secretly.
They also talked about McDonnell helping Star Scientfic start clinic trials for their product. Trials that were slow going in the bureacracy of both UVA Medical Center and VCU Medical Center.
Looking back Williams admitted he went too far.
"I wish I hadn't done it. I wish I'd never cut those checks," he testified.
But despite his damning testimony legal analyst Paul Goldman believes Williams, who admitted on the stand that he lied to the FBI, still has a credibility problem.
"The guy just doesn't show a human connection and I am wondering if the jury is going to say- ya know the guy is missing something," Goldman said.
And it will be the defense's job to point them out. They started their cross examination late Thursday and will work all of Friday to poke holes in the Williams narrative.
They questioned Williams all the way up until 5:30, when Judge James Spencer stopped the proceedings abruptly and said, "We're gonna stop right here, primarily because I can't take another second."
The cross examination of Williams will pick back up Friday morning.