BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A federal judge pushed back the trial date for four defendants in a corruption case on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation. U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon on Tuesday canceled a planned June 10 start date for the trial and reset it for August 13.
Attorneys for the defendants said they need more time to prepare their case because they've had trouble locating dozens of witnesses on the reservation that they want to interview. Authorities say that while doing work for the Crow Tribal Historic Preservation Office, the defendants took money intended to cover the cost of monitoring historic sites. That included a bison kill site later severely damaged as part of a coal mining project. Three other defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced May 1 to probation and restitution.