Jonathan Newton cried when prosecutor Layla Zon asked him about Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill's demeanor the day after Hill lost the election in August 2008.
Newton said he was at Hill's house with several other people.
"He was sitting in a chair," Newton said before he paused and started crying.
Newton worked as the public information officer for the sheriff's department during Hill's first term from 2004 to 2008.
Newton testified that Hill made him write Hill's autobiography. Newton said Hill made him work on the book at Hill's house during normal business hours when Newton should have been doing county business.
"He just kept saying if you don't do this, I'm going to fire you," said Newton.
Newton said when he refused to work on Hill's book, Hill demoted him and treated him like dirt. Newton eventually quit.
He was indicted in 2011 and charged with theft. Newton allegedly charged the county an inflated price to print a magazine and pocketed the extra money.
Hill's trial resumes Tuesday.
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