William L. Williams, the former Presbyterian minister who headed the company behind the failed Carolina Glen project, is expected to testify today in Guilford Superior Court as a state's witness in the trial of his former colleague, Larry Rupe.

Rupe, who was a vice-president of Covenant Development Co. of Atlanta, is charged with 40 counts of embezzlement and 18 counts of violating security laws. Williams pleaded guilty last week to the same set of charges Rupe is being tried for.Covenant planned the plush retirement center on West Friendly Avenue in Greensboro that never was built. About 60 people, most of them local, lost about $600,000 after posting deposits for or making investments in the project in 1987 and 1988. So far, about half that group has testified in court in Rupe's trial, which began Monday.

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