Eight Witnesses Follow Skilling's Testimony

A total of eight defense witnesses were called in rapid succession to the witness stand, following the testimony of former Enron executive Jeff Skilling. Houston Public Radio's Ed Mayberry reports.

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Wearing what appeared to be her late husband's wedding ring around her neck, the widow of Enron executive Cliff Baxter talked about social occasions with Skilling. Baxter committed suicide a couple of months after Enron declared bankruptcy.

Skilling's ex-wife Susan Lowe took the stand to talk about stock sales she made in October 2000. She and her new husband moved their funds into bonds. She said she never talked with Skilling about the move.

Defense attorney Daniel Petrocelli talked with reporters about Skilling's performance on the stand.

Petrocelli said Skilling had not been given the opportunity to explain some things on cross examination, so he gave him the time to do it earlier in the day. They went over transcripts of previous testimony and showed some documents that Skilling said "the government wouldn't show."

The stage is now set for Enron founder Ken Lay's appearance on the stand Monday.

Ed Mayberry, Houston Public Radio News.

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