Alabama AG Luther Strange gets new gambling expert for Victoryland trial

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

{}Alabama's attorney general has selected a new gambling expert to replace one who died.{}{}{}{}Attorney General Luther Strange's office notified a Montgomery judge that it will use former FBI agent Bill Holmes of Annandale, Virginia, to testify in a trial involving VictoryLand casino in Shorter. Holmes spent 20 years with the FBI, mostly working on gambling cases.{}{}{}{}The attorney general's office had used New Jersey gambling expert Bob Sertell as an expert witness for more than a decade, but he died May 6.{}{}{}{}A judge has scheduled a civil trial Sept. 9 over whether the state can keep more than $223,000 in cash and destroy 1,615 machines seized in the raid at VictoryLand in 2013.{}{}{}{}The attorney general's office says Holmes will testify VictoryLand's games were illegal slot machines.