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Todd "MJ" Schnitt is trying to show the jury Bubba's insults and jokes went too far.

Meredith Walusek, who used to work on MJ's morning show, says she witnessed Bubba fans, known as "Bubba's Army" harass MJ on the street and online. She said whenever the group would go out on promotions or to parades, Bubba's fans would yell obscenities and make threats.

"They wrote emails saying, ‘MJ you need to die. I hope your show goes away forever. We hate you. Die MJ, die,' " Walusek testified.

The trial also brought one of Hillsborough County's most powerful elected officials to the stand: Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober.

Bubba had accused MJ's wife Michelle, who once worked for Ober, of having a secret meeting with him and pushing for Bubba to be prosecuted for killing a wild boar on the radio.

Ober denied it.

"We discussed the facts, we did the research and we ultimately came to conclusion that a crime had been committed," Ober said.

And a face from the past also made an appearance in court. BJ Harris, from the old MJ and BJ morning show, took the stand.

He refuted claims from Bubba that MJ got him fired, saying he was the one who resigned.

"I was never told by anyone I would be terminated," Harris said.

The trial resumes Tuesday. Expect more characters from both shows to testify, and possibly MJ himself taking the stand.

 

Follow FOX 13's Gloria Gomez is live tweeting the trial. Follow her at https://twitter.com/ggome13.

From a desktop computer, you can watch the live stream at http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/category/235312/live-video.

Todd "MJ" Schnitt is trying to show the jury Bubba's insults and jokes went too far.

 

Meredith Walusek, who used to work on MJ's morning show, says she witnessed  Bubba fans, known as "Bubba's Army" harass MJ on the street and online. She said whenever the group would go out on promotions or to parades, Bubba's fans would yell obscenities and make threats. 

 

"They wrote emails saying, ‘MJ you need to die. I hope your show goes away forever. We hate you. Die MJ, die,' " Walusek testified.

 

The trial also brought one of Hillsborough County's most powerful elected officials to the stand:  Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober.

 

Bubba had accused MJ's wife Michelle, who once worked for Ober, of having a secret meeting with him and pushing for Bubba to be prosecuted for killing a wild boar on the radio.

 

Ober denied it.

 

"We discussed the facts, we did the research and we ultimately came to conclusion that a crime had been committed," Ober said.

 

And a face from the past also made an appearance in court. BJ Harris, from the old MJ and BJ morning show, took the stand.

 

He refuted claims from Bubba that MJ got him fired, saying he was the one who resigned.

 

"I was never told by anyone I would be terminated," Harris said.

The trial resumes Tuesday. Expect more characters from both shows to testify, and possibly MJ himself taking the stand.

Todd "MJ" Schnitt is trying to show the jury Bubba's insults and jokes went too far.

Meredith Walusek, who used to work on MJ's morning show, says she witnessed Bubba fans, known as "Bubba's Army" harass MJ on the street and online. She said whenever the group would go out on promotions or to parades, Bubba's fans would yell obscenities and make threats.

"They wrote emails saying, ‘MJ you need to die. I hope your show goes away forever. We hate you. Die MJ, die,' " Walusek testified.

The trial also brought one of Hillsborough County's most powerful elected officials to the stand: Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober.

Bubba had accused MJ's wife Michelle, who once worked for Ober, of having a secret meeting with him and pushing for Bubba to be prosecuted for killing a wild boar on the radio.

Ober denied it.

"We discussed the facts, we did the research and we ultimately came to conclusion that a crime had been committed," Ober said.

And a face from the past also made an appearance in court. BJ Harris, from the old MJ and BJ morning show, took the stand.

He refuted claims from Bubba that MJ got him fired, saying he was the one who resigned.

"I was never told by anyone I would be terminated," Harris said.

The trial resumes Tuesday. Expect more characters from both shows to testify, and possibly MJ himself taking the stand.

 

Todd "MJ" Schnitt is trying to show the jury Bubba's insults and jokes went too far.

Meredith Walusek, who used to work on MJ's morning show, says she witnessed Bubba fans, known as "Bubba's Army" harass MJ on the street and online. She said whenever the group would go out on promotions or to parades, Bubba's fans would yell obscenities and make threats.

"They wrote emails saying, ‘MJ you need to die. I hope your show goes away forever. We hate you. Die MJ, die,' " Walusek testified.

The trial also brought one of Hillsborough County's most powerful elected officials to the stand: Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober.

Bubba had accused MJ's wife Michelle, who once worked for Ober, of having a secret meeting with him and pushing for Bubba to be prosecuted for killing a wild boar on the radio.

Ober denied it.

"We discussed the facts, we did the research and we ultimately came to conclusion that a crime had been committed," Ober said.

And a face from the past also made an appearance in court. BJ Harris, from the old MJ and BJ morning show, took the stand.

He refuted claims from Bubba that MJ got him fired, saying he was the one who resigned.

"I was never told by anyone I would be terminated," Harris said.

The trial resumes Tuesday. Expect more characters from both shows to testify, and possibly MJ himself taking the stand.

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