A lawyer for the former president of Fleetwing Corp. accused the company's lawyer Monday of delay tactics in the breach-of-contract trial that has lasted six days so far.

BARTOW — A lawyer for the former president of Fleetwing Corp. accused the company's lawyer Monday of delay tactics in the breach-of-contract trial that has lasted six days so far.

"It looks to me like we're not going to get this trial done," said Jim Valenti, the lawyer for former president David Ricketts. "I don't know what they're trying to do, but it looks like they don't want it done."

Circuit Judge Steven Selph appeared to agree with Valenti.

At noon Friday, Selph told Fleetwing lawyer Angelina Whittington she had until the end of Friday to finish the presentation of her case.

Before Selph spoke, Whittington told the court that she was entitled to allow her witnesses to testify.

"We're going to put on our case as succinctly and concisely as we can," Whittington said.

But Valenti said it hasn't been run that way so far.

"We've had motions to exclude the press and we've had motions to disqualify your honor," Valenti said. "A number of things have gotten us in this situation."

Selph said the length of the trial and scheduling have become issues.

"You're asking this court to do what I can't think of any other judge in this building would do," Selph said. "That's opening up a calendar to do it just any time."

Selph said that's why lawyers and judges use calendars.

"You run out of time and you may be done," Selph told Whittington said. "You've got today and you got Friday, and I can't tell you any more than that."

Selph said he thought all of last week would have been enough time. Because of scheduling conflicts this week, testimony in the trial was to occur only on Monday and Friday.

Ricketts sued the Lakeland-based fuel-distributor company in January 2016, claiming he was owed more than $3 million in back pay. President since 1989, Ricketts grew the company in sales from $17 million to $140 million, according to the lawsuit. He was fired by a new board of family heirs and their friends in 2015.

After the firing, Cecilia Smith McGinnis and her friend, Mary Ann Troiano, and Troiano's husband, Andy Wike, helped run the company.

McGinnis took luxurious trips on the company's credit card to such destinations as the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead outside of Atlanta. She paid Troiano $1 million in consulting fees and hired Wike as the new president for an annual salary of $880,000. Rickets was paid a yearly salary of $367,000.

Gas cards were also frequently used by the group.

Marvenia Grimes, an employee at Fleetwing, oversaw the usage of company credit cards used at the Fleetwing convenience store.

She testified last week that before McGinnis began running the company, the cards were typically for drivers who filled up their tanks and for Ricketts.

Credit cards were available to board members and their family members once McGinnis and Troiano began running the company. Grimes testified gas cards were made for McGinnis, Troiano, Wike, and children of McGinnis and Wike.

Whittington objected to the relevance of Valenti's questions at one point during Grimes' testimony.

Selph said it appeared to "fall in the post termination feeding frenzy."

Whittington then objected to the usage of the words "feeding frenzy."

"I used that term," Selph said.

"I object to it across the board," Whittington said.

"The reason I used it is because there was a lot of money being spent and thrown around that I sort of alluded to a few minutes ago," Selph said.

Grimes' testimony came near the end of the week as Valenti attempted to prove that Ricketts was fired for the financial benefit of McGinnis and Troiano.

The scheduling conflict on Monday came after a long cross examination by Whittington of Ricketts.

Whittington questioned Ricketts extensively about Andy Smith, the son of the founder, Wally Smith.

Questions centered around why Ricketts didn't fire Andy Smith when he rarely came to work but continued to collect a massive salary of about $300,000.

"It's hard to train somebody who doesn't show up for work," Ricketts said. "I couldn't be a family counselor to him and go to his house everyday."

Fleetwing family heirs have said one reason Ricketts was fired was a lack of action against Smith.

Ricketts has said he and former Fleetwing attorney Bob Puterbaugh wanted to fire Smith. But Ricketts needed unanimous support to fire Smith. He said two board members loyal to the family wouldn't agree to the termination.

"It's not time now," Ricketts said the board members told him. "He needs more time."

John Chambliss can be reached at john.chambliss@theledger.com or 863-802-7588.