Former assistant city manager of Bell, Angela Spaccia, center, who is charged with misappropriation of public funds and other counts, listens to opening statements in Los Angeles Superior Court, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
A surprise Tuesday in the ongoing Bell corruption case when ex-police chief Randy Adams announced he will testify in the trial of ex-Bell City Assistant Administrator Angela Spaccia.
His testimony, which may start as soon as Wednesday, will come in the defense case. Adams was the highly paid incoming police chief in 2009. Prosecutors accuse Adams of engaging in an email exchange with Spaccia in which she promised him they would get rich – as long as they don't get too greedy.
Adams was being paid $457,000 a year to oversee a police force of fewer than 50 people – about double the salary of the LAPD chief. He was never charged in the case.
In an interview outside of Los Angeles County Superior Court in Downtown LA, Adams said that email trail was taken out of context.
"If I testify and have the opportunity, I would like to put it into proper context," Adams said. "And I think then people could understand what it was about."
The ex-chief maintains he did nothing wrong. He had previously invoked his Fifth Amendment right to protect himself against self-incrimination.
Angela Spaccia is also expected to testify in her own defense, possibly later this week. She worked closely with ex-city manager Robert Rizzo, who admitted his guilt and pleaded no contest to all 69 corruption charges filed against him.
If Spaccia is convicted, she could face up to 16 years in prison.
Adams' announcement came during a day in which there was no testimony due to a sick juror.