Huston trial delayed two months

<p>Dennis Huston</p>

Dennis Huston

The trial of a former Franklin County administrator accused of stealing $1.7 million of public money is delayed two months.

Dennis Huston's trial was scheduled to start in January, but today, his attorney John Jensen, asked for the trial to be delayed until March.

Jensen says the case is complex with more than 4,500 pages of reports - and the most recent reports have taken more time than anticipated to get to his office.

He says because of that delay, he's held off from filing two briefs to suppress evidence.

Jensen says he's trying to get through everything as efficiently as possible.

"I stand here before the court and say that I think we could legitimately say we need a forensic account to go through all this material and draw this thing out until the end of time. That's not what we're seeking to do. I've been making an effort to get through all this material without any assistance of an expert" said Jensen.

The two suppression of evidence briefs Jensen is preparing to file are related to a drug search and at least 10 other search warrants.

Also today, a new judge, Vic Vanderschoor, was assigned to oversee the case.

The prosecuting attorney from the state attorney general's office argued to go to trial in January - he says the case is not complex.

Huston is charged with first degree theft, money laundering and possession of cocaine.