Kilpatrick mugs for jury during star's testimony

Kwame Kilpatrick and laweyrs outside federal court Monday.

Kwame Kilpatrick and laweyrs outside federal court Monday.

Star witness Derrick Miller’s testimony Monday triggered the most animated facial expressions from Kwame Kilpatrick during the four-month trial.

At one point early Monday, Kilpatrick scowled, scoffed and shook his head while staring at the jury when Miller testified for the government about the ex-mayor’s support of a riverfront casino project.

The casino was pitched by businessman Jon Rutherford, a homeless shelter operator who bankrolled Kilpatrick’s campaigns and nonprofit group.

At another point, Kilpatrick nodded and stared at the jury when Miller said the mayor supported a riverfront casino that included a convention center.

Miller, meanwhile, has testified in a calm, even voice while responding to questions from Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow.

Robert Snell

Robert Snell is the Detroit News federal courts reporter. He can be reached at rsnell@detnews.com or (313) 222-2028.