Witness describes outbursts by ex-governor's wife

August 19, 2014 - 4:04 PM
Former Governor Trial

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, tries to move through the throng of media as he and his attorney, John Brownlee, left, arrive at federal court in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. McDonnell is presenting the second day of his defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Another defense witness in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption trial has described McDonnell's wife as difficult and prone to angry outbursts.

Kathleen Scott was a special assistant to onetime first lady Maureen McDonnell. She testified Monday that her ex-boss became increasingly volatile as she prepared for public appearances. Other witnesses have described similar behavior.

The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.

Scott also testified that Maureen McDonnell seemed infatuated with Williams and would "light up" when his name was mentioned.