Aide to Ex-Virginia 1st Lady: No Signs of Marital Woes

Aug. 6, 2014

The woman who served as chief of staff to Virginia's former first lady says she never saw any hint of a romantic relationship between her boss and wealthy businessman Johnnie Williams.

Mary-Shea Sutherland testified Wednesday in the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

Defense attorneys have said Maureen developed a crush on Williams as her marriage was crumbling.

But Sutherland said she saw no signs of that.

She said the McDonnells still seemed to be in love, and she described a "lovely" Valentine's Day poem Bob wrote for his wife.

The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.

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