Farmer's trial delayed until October

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Richie Farmer's federal trial on charges of misappropriating government resources when he was agriculture commissioner has been moved to this fall.

Farmer, who starred on the University of Kentucky basketball team in the late 1980s and '90s, had asked that the trial, previously set for July 2, be continued until February. His lawyer, Guthrie True, said he needed more time to prepare for what he expected to be a complex case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor objected to delaying the trial that long, and U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove ordered Wednesday that it be continued until Oct. 22.

Farmer pleaded not guilty last month and will be free until his trial, which is expected to last about three weeks.

Farmer was agriculture commissioner from 2004 through 2011.

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