MADISON, SD -
A man who worked with Dan Willard on Ron Paul's South Dakota campaign says he also helped Willard with illegal robocalls, which were sent out last fall.
During two-and-a-half hours of testimony Wednesday morning, Gary Dykstra recounted bits and pieces of how the robocalls were planned.
Dykstra testified he worked with Willard and South Dakota State Representative Stace Nelson to send out the robocalls. However, he admitted his memory about the details are 'fuzzy,' and he was evasive with nearly all of his answers.
“Who paid for the robocalls?” Assistant South Dakota Attorney General Brent Kempema asked.
"I assume that maybe Dan did, but I can't provide you with any specific," Dykstra responded.
“Did you pay for the robocalls?” Kempema replied.
"No, I didn't," Dykstra said.
“Did Stace Nelson pay for the robocalls?” Kempema asked.
"I do not know,” Dykstra responded.
Dykstra was a state delegate for Ron Paul along with Willard in 2012. Dykstra says he planned the calls with Willard and Nelson.
"I think we all had the idea that we didn't like some of the votes that were going on, some of the bills that were being proposed so I don't know that it was any person's one idea," Dykstra testified.
Dykstra even admitted that his wife's voice can be heard on one of the calls.
However, Willard's attorney, R. Shawn Tornow, pointed out that Dykstra has lied under oath in front of the grand jury before and has three different immunity agreements that allow him to avoid prosecution in exchange for his truthful testimony against Willard.
Dykstra also admits he never saw anyone actually make the calls themselves.
“When asked about who may have also been involved in the sending or making to be sent robocalls you assumed that may be Dan Willard?” Tornow asked Dykstra in cross examination.
"I think that's fair to say," Dykstra said.
“You're not sure, correct?” Tornow asked.
"If you are asking did I first hand witness the dialing and making of the calls, I have to agree, I didn't,” Dykstra testified.
Following Dykstra's testimony, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation Director Bryan Gortmaker took the stand and detailed how he linked Willard to the calls through his credit card, email account and IP address.
Gortmaker says Willard never told him his card was lost or stolen as Willard's attorney has been implying throughout cross-examination.
Gortmaker says he personally decided to investigate the case after South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and Secretary of State Jason Gant raised concerns about the calls.
Gortmaker was the final witness for the prosecution. The defense will call their own witnesses Thursday.
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