Apr 17, 2013 7:22 PM by Andrew Ellison - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - Testimony is underway in the Najmeh Griffin trial. She's the former Flour Bluff Adult Day Care owner accused of elderly abuse.
Her adult day care was raided and shut down by the state two years ago and her trial began this week.
It was an emotional day of testimony as one of Griffin's former employees, Michelle Lopez, admitted to calling her a racist.
When the defense asked her if she did, she replied, "Not to her".
Lopez testified that she found two patients on the toilet with bags of urine and feces around their necks, and took pictures of the incidents.
She says Griffin told her she put the bags on their necks.
But Griffin's attorney, Robert Berg, challenged Lopez's honesty because of her personal history, accusing her of being married three times when she previously testified to being married twice.
That prompted the prosecution to ask for a mistrial. They felt the defense's accusations tainted the witness's credibility with the jury.
Judge Missy Medary did not grant it.
The defense argued that the witness was a disgruntled employee who disliked Griffin.
When we spoke with Griffin back in 2011, she felt that a disgruntled employee was behind the abuse accusations.
"I don't have any doubt that this employee has got revenge," she said.
The testimony brought the witness and Griffin to tears.
Testimony will continue tomorrow.