- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Latest on the trial of a former business employee at a Platte-based educational cooperative charged in an embezzlement scheme that helped spark a South Dakota scandal (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

The lawyer for a former South Dakota educational cooperative business employee charged in a financial misconduct scheme is disputing prosecutors’ claims that she knew about alleged embezzlement in the case.

Opening statements were Tuesday in the trial of Stephanie Hubers. She is a former Mid-Central Educational Cooperative staffer accused of getting more than $50,000 to keep quiet about embezzlement by Mid-Central’s business manager and his wife before their deaths in a 2015 murder-suicide.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says Hubers knew about the couple’s theft, participated in it and gained about $55,000 from it. Defense attorney Clint Sargent says Hubers tried to help authorities after the deaths and that jurors won’t see any evidence she knew about the embezzlement.

Hubers has pleaded not guilty to grand theft and grand theft by deception and alternative receiving stolen property counts.

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8:36 a.m.

Jurors are set to begin hearing the case of a former business employee at a South Dakota educational cooperative charged in a financial misconduct scheme uncovered after a Platte man killed his family and then himself.

Opening statements are Tuesday in the trial of Stephanie Hubers. Hubers is a former Mid-Central Educational Cooperative staffer accused of getting more than $50,000 to keep quiet about embezzlement by Mid-Central’s business manager and his wife.

The trial comes more than two years after authorities launched a financial investigation after the business manager, Scott Westerhuis, killed his wife and children in a murder-suicide.

The 45-year-old Hubers has pleaded not guilty to grand theft, grand theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

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