- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - A judge has delayed the scheduled trial for the Jefferson County clerk, who is accused of improperly giving raises to employees.

The trial for Patricia Royal Johnson was set to begin Thursday, but Special Judge John Langston rescheduled it until Feb. 22 at the request of a special prosecutor and Johnson’s attorney.

Johnson was charged in March with 10 counts of forgery, one count of abuse of public trust and four counts of felony theft of property between $5,000 and $25,000. The charges came after the Arkansas Legislative Audit reported that Johnson paid more than $60,000 in bonuses to employees without asking the Quorum Court, which is required by law.

Her attorney has said he’s confident Johnson will be cleared of the charges.

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