May 17, 2011 8:25 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP

Trial of Calcasieu Parish assessor delayed

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The trial of former Calcasieu Parish
Tax Assessor Richard Cole has been postponed until Sept. 26 because
the prosecutor in the case is busy with another trial.
The American Press reports assistant prosecutor Cynthia
Killingsworth heads the prosecution in the trial of four family
members charged in connection with the 2010 shooting death of a
14-year-old girl. That trial began Monday.
Cole, who resigned on Jan. 15, has been charged with two felony
counts of malfeasance stemming from a Legislative Auditor's Office
report on the operations of Cole's office.
Cole is accused of using his office credit card to make personal
purchases totaling over $48,000. He also allegedly misappropriated
over $4,000 in taxpayer money.
Cole faces a maximum of five years in prison on each charge.


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