BY MATTHEW BARAKAT, LARRY O’DELL AND ALAN SUDERMAN
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jurors saw a forlorn email former Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, telling her she was his “soulmate.”
McDonnell testified extensively about his troubled marriage Thursday at his corruption trial in Richmond. He and his wife, Maureen, 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.
The McDonnells say their marriage was broken, they were barely speaking and they couldn’t have engaged in a criminal conspiracy.
McDonnell choked up as he described Labor Day 2011, when his wife rejected his efforts to spend the weekend with her. He wrote he was at a loss to deal with his wife’s anger.