A decision on whether Atlanta lawyer Nathan Hardwick IV knowingly embezzled $26 million from his now bankrupt residential real estate firm, Morris Hardwick Schneider—or took the funds thinking they were legitimately due to him as the firm’s majority owner—is now in the hands of a 12-person federal jury.

Hardwick is charged with 23 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making false statements to lenders. Judge Eleanor Ross of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia is hearing the case.