- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The criminal trial of former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole has been delayed until December by a St. Charles County judge presiding over the case.

Cole had been scheduled for trial June 16 on five felony charges related to a failed project to build an artificial sweetener plant in Moberly.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1jOzdAk ) Thursday that Circuit Judge Daniel Pelikan rescheduled the trial for Dec. 2. That came after attorneys said the trial likely would take longer than originally estimated.

Mamtek benefited from $39 million in local bonds and could have received more than $17 million of state incentives to build the sweetener facility. But the project, which was announced in 2010, failed financially before construction ever was completed.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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