The bombshell Rolex photo
Added to evidence files Friday in the case against Robert F. and Maureen McDonnell was a photo that could prove critical to the case against the former governor — a photograph of him, grinning and holding up his wrist to display a watch.
Testifying Thursday, businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. said he received the photo by text message in December 2012 in response to one he sent the governor. The watch on McDonnell’s wrist appeared to be the Rolex that Williams had purchased for the governor at the first lady’s request a year earlier.
McDonnell has previously said the watch was a Christmas gift from his wife and that he did not know it was purchased by Williams. The picture could shatter that assertion. But a forensic analysis has been unable to determine whether the picture was sent to Williams’s phone from the governor’s or his wife’s phone, according to two people familiar with the evidence.
Also added to the evidence file on Friday — another picture of McDonnell enjoying a ride in Williams’s Ferrari.