Eversole has been charged with conspiracy, accepting a bribe and making false statements on tax returns. He did not testify and defense attorney Rusty Hardin did not call any witnesses in the three week trial. During closing arguments,
Hardin said the government’s case was all inference, but prosecutors said it is about corrpution and concealment.
Eversole is accused of steering county contracts to longtime friend and former Harris County facilities management
director Michael Surface, in return for more than a hundred thousand dollars.
They said the money was used for expensive trips, antique pistols and to help build and landscape Eversole’s house. Prosecutors contend Surface used subsidiaries to hide payments made to Eversole, and that Eversole omitted them from financial disclosure statements and his taxes. Hardin told jurors none of the contracts to Surface were steered by Eversole and that all of them were approved by the full Commissioner’s Court.
Jurors went home yesterday without reaching a verdict and will resume deliberations on Monday. Eversole faces up to 21 years if he’s convicted.