Ex-plant head testimony dominates salmonella trial

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Two weeks into the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak, testimony by a former manager of a southwest Georgia peanut plant blamed for the outbreak has dominated the court's time.

Samuel Lightsey has been on the stand about five days in the trial of his former boss, Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, and two others.

Parnell and his brother, food broker Michael Parnell, are accused of shipping tainted products to customers and covering up lab tests showing they contained salmonella. Stewart Parnell and plant quality assurance manager, Mary Wilkerson, are charged with obstructing justice.

Lightsey pleaded guilty in the case in May and has become a key prosecution witness. He's been reviewing shipping documents, laboratory test results, emails and other documents under prosecution questioning.

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