Stacy Phelps is back on trial again Wednesday after he took the stand in his own defense.

Phelps is testifying that his messages and emails with Scott Westerhuis were innocent and can be explained and he was not conspiring with him. 

Phelps says it all has to do with resistance from board members to form a new organization called the AIIIE or the American Indian Institute for Innovation and Excellence. He says he just thought the new contracts included a provision that required AIIIE spending to be approved by Mid-Central Educational Cooperative first.

He thought since Guericke signed a contract, it had gone through proper channels.

KELOAND’s Angela Kennecke is in the courtroom. Stay with KELOLAND News for more coverage.