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LaRoque New Trial Hearing Moved To October

There is another delay in the move to get a conviction for a former state lawmaker from Kinston tossed out.

Former state representative Stephen LaRoque was supposed to be in a Greenville federal courtroom tomorrow as the judge decides whether to throw out even more charges against the businessman.

In June, LaRoque was found guilty of 12 counts involving theft, fraud and money laundering allegations and faced up to 86 years in prison.

But Judge Malcolm Howard threw out two of the convictions due to juror misconduct. LaRoque's lawyers now want all of the charges dismissed and the former lawmaker given a new trial.

The U.S. Attorney's Office received yet another delay for the hearing, citing work-related conflicts and to allow more time for the two sides to meet on the issues.

Judge Howard's new date for the hearing is October 10th in Greenville.


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