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Webster trial rescheduled

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tracy Webster
The jury trial for a former City of Brazil employee has been rescheduled.

Former Brazil Clerk-Treasurer Tracy Webster was to appear in Owen County Circuit Court Monday, at 9 a.m., with Judge Frank Nardi presiding. However, according to court documents, the trial has been rescheduled for Oct. 1, 2012.

According to court documents, a motion for continuance was filed Feb. 27 by defense counsel.

Attorneys Jessie A. Cook and Laura Paul represent Webster.

The motion was granted, and the trial was rescheduled.

In addition, the court has scheduled a five-day jury trial.

Webster faces formal charges of class C felony Forgery and three counts of class D felony theft.

The allegations stem from a five-month investigation between the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division and the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

The probable cause affidavit in the case alleged Webster was involved in a total of $19,550.54 of unauthorized vendor payments, in addition to overpayment of compensation and/or benefits on numerous occasions between May 4, 2007, and Nov. 21, 2008, while employed in the Clerk-Treasurer office.

The case was venued to Owen County after Clay County Prosecutor B. Lee Reberger and Webster's defense counsel came to an agreement on terms for a transfer.

In June 2011, Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers recused himself from the case due to the perception of "potential bias, prejudice or the appearance of impropriety in the case," as his and Webster's families are acquainted.

Akers granted the change of venue motion.

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