RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges on Friday morning
WUSA9's Peggy Fox is at the U.S. District Court in Richmond. Follow her updates on Twitter @PeggyTV. She will also have the full story at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. on WUSA 9.
The former Republican governor and his wife were indicted on 14 counts Tuesday after a lengthy federal investigation of his relationship with a former CEO of a dietary supplement maker. The McDonnells are accused of accepting more than $165,000 worth of loans and gifts from Jonnie Williams, the former head of Star Scientific Inc. Prosecutors say the McDonnells improperly helped Williams promote his company's products.
Friday morning, the McDonnells arrived at the courthouse with an entourage of family members and supporters. The courtroom was packed with approximately 120 people. The couple's pastor from St. Patrick's Cathedral was also there. The pastor prayed with the couple and the McDonnell's four children at the courthouse.
Bob and Maureen McDonnell pleaded not guilty to the charges and plan to fight them. They were released on their own recognizance and the judge ordered them not to leave the country.
The couple will have a jury trial July 28.
READ: McDonnell request for delay - http://archive.wusa9.com/assetpool/documents/140122122034_mcdonnell delay request.pdf
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