Former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams took the stand Wednesday in the corruption trial of former Assistant City Administrator Angela Spaccia.
Adams’ decision to testify came as a surprise after his previous long-standing refusal to testify in the matter, which led to charges against Spaccia, onetime City Administrator Robert Rizzo and six former City Council members.
During his stint as Bell’s top law-enforcement officer, he was paid a $457,000 annual salary – an amount that many considered exorbitant, given Bell’s relatively small size and population.
Adams has not been charged with a crime.
“I don’t know why he is not a defendant in this case,”Kathleen Kennedy, the judge in Spaccia’s trial, said in 2011.
Spaccia, who is facing 13 counts including conflict of interest and misappropriation of funds, was expected to testify by early next week.
Until Tuesday, when Adams indicated to Kennedy his willingness to testify, the former police chief had invoked his 5th Amendment rights 20 times.
He could have testified on Tuesday, but the proceedings were postponed when a juror reportedly fell ill.
Adams said he had wanted to testify but his attorneys had advised against it, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“At this point in time, I don’t have an attorney telling me not to,” he said.