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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Latest on the investigation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

A St. Louis judge has ruled that the woman involved in an extramarital affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will be allowed to testify at his felony invasion of privacy trial next week.

Circuit Judge Rex Burlison on Monday rejected claims from Greitens' attorneys that the woman's testimony was tainted because of missteps by the prosecution's investigator, William Tisaby. They've accused Tisaby of lies and withholding evidence.

The married Republican governor is accused of taking an unauthorized photo of the woman while she was partially nude during a sexual encounter in 2015, before he was elected.

Her testimony is crucial because prosecutors haven't obtained the photo she says Greitens took. The alleged incident came to light when the woman's ex-husband in January released an audio recording of her discussing it.

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11:45 a.m.

Lawyers for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens are fighting a move by prosecutors to examine his personal email account and to turn over his cellphone for examination as part of his felony invasion of privacy case.

Media reports say Greitens' attorneys have moved to quash a search warrant for Greitens' Gmail account sought by an investigator in the St. Louis prosecutor's office.

The married Republican governor is accused of taking an unauthorized photo of a woman during a sexual encounter in 2015, before he was elected.

Circuit Judge Rex Burlison is hearing motions in the case Monday and will preside over a trial set to begin May 14. Greitens is charged with felony invasion of privacy. Authorities have not released the woman's name.

The Kansas City Star reports that Greitens' lawyers say forcing him to turn over his phone would violate his right against self-incrimination.

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12:15 a.m.

A judge on Monday will consider whether the pivotal witness in Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' criminal trial - a woman involved in an affair with him - should be prohibited from testifying.

Circuit Judge Rex Burlison will preside over the hearing, just a week before Greitens stands trial for felony invasion of privacy.

The married Republican governor is accused of taking an unauthorized photo of the woman during a sexual encounter in 2015, before he was elected. Later this month, lawmakers convene in special session to consider impeachment.

Defense attorneys contend the woman's testimony has been tainted by the misdeeds of William Tisaby, a private investigator who interviewed her. They've accused Tisaby of lies and withholding evidence.

Her testimony is crucial since prosecutors haven't obtained the photo Greitens allegedly took.

This item has been corrected to reflect that lawmakers plan a special session later this month, not this week.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

5/7/2018 12:42:19 PM (GMT -5:00)

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