Closing arguments expected in theft trial of former country club manager

Editorial note: The case against Robert “Bo” Wright has been expunged and records of the arrest and court actions have been removed from law enforcement and court agencies.

MARION COUNTY — Both prosecution and defense rested Wednesday in the jury trial of a former Salem Country Club manager charged with felony theft from the organization.

The jury trial against Robert “Bo” Wright, kicked off Monday with jury selection and opening statements, along with some witness testimony for the prosecution. Prosecution witnesses continued testimony through Wednesday afternoon when the state rested its case.

The defense rested after a brief argument outside the presence of the jury and testimony from two defense witnesses. Closing arguments are anticipated Thursday morning, likely followed by the case being handed to the jury.

Wright was arrested October 23, 2014 in Piatt County on a Marion County warrant charging him with Class 2 felony theft greater than $10,000 and less than $100,000.

Police reports say that on August 12, 2014, representatives of the Salem Country Club reported discrepancies in the cash deposits and inventory for the period of Wright’s employment, April – August 2014.

After an investigation, the Salem Police Department obtained a search warrant for financial records at Wright’s home and bank in Monticello. Items matching the description of the missing inventory were observed at the home.

The arrest warrant carrying a $100,000 bail was served on Wright with the assistance of the Monticello Police Department, and he was taken to the Piatt County Jail where he posted $10,000 bond and was released.

Wright pleaded not guilty to the charge against him and has since filed a civil suit against the country club and its board members for damages exceeding $50,000. A hearing in the civil case has not yet been scheduled, but subpoenas in the case have been served to the country club and two of its members.