WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - The District Attorney General's office Wednesday made a new allegation against WUSA9 anchor JC Hayward in in the claim DC charter school managers misdirected funds.
In a court hearing, counsel for the District of Columbia claimed Hayward had a ten percent stake in EES, one of the companies they say benefited from insider deals with Options Public Charter School.
Hayward supporters prayed and sang outside the courthouse in freezing temperatures while, inside, attorneys for the five individual defendants took turns attacking the District's complaint.
Hayward's lawyer argued the new claim that she partially owned EES is speculative and without substantiation.
He has claimed that she had no knowledge of financial wrongdoing as school board chair.
Pamela Marple represents EES and in an interview with WUSA9's Russ Ptacek, before the hearing , Marple said a percentage of the profits that EES collected went directly to Options.
"The finances have been audited for years and available for the government," Marple tells WUSA9. "There was no embezzlement. There was no stealing from the schoolchildren."
The defendants were in court asking the judge to drop their names from the lawsuit. The judge did not say when he expects to make a ruling.
JC Hayward has been relieved of her duties at WUSA pending further investigation.