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Clay County vote-buying case is rescheduled

The trial for eight Clay County residents charged in a federal vote-buying case has been put back four months.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Wier signed an order Friday rescheduling the trial from mid-May to Sept. 14 in federal court in London.

Those charged include former Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle, school Superintendent Douglas C. Adams and county Clerk Freddy Thompson.

The eight allegedly took part in a racketeering scheme to buy or steal votes in the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections.

All have pleaded innocent.