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Trial Of Former Fire College Director Delayed

Tuscaloosa, AL – A judge today agreed to delay the start of the trial of the former executive director of the Alabama Fire College - William Langston.

Federal Judge Scott Coogler approved a request filed by Langston's attorney that the trial begin in June due to injuries suffered by Langston over the weekend.

Langston is charged in a 37-count indictment with directing a scheme dating back to 1998 that allegedly took $1.5 million from the state in the form of fraudulent contracts, jobs for friends and money spent on himself and his family.

Langston's attorney had filed a motion today asking Coogler to delay the start of the trial. He said Langston fell down the stairs at his daughter's house Saturday and broke his arm so seriously it required surgery.

Coogler postponed the start of the trial to June 2nd.

The former deputy director of the fire college, Robert Nix, pleaded guilty in December and admitted to scheming with Langston to take more than $500,000 meant for the fire college. Nix was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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