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Richie Farmer's wife seeks trial date in divorce case

Richie Farmer, who won the Republican primary race for Lt. Governor, celebrated his win at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington on May 17, 2011. Charles Bertram | Staff
Richie Farmer, who won the Republican primary race for Lt. Governor, celebrated his win at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington on May 17, 2011. Charles Bertram | Staff ALL

FRANKFORT — A judge set a hearing for July 12 to consider Rebecca Farmer's request for a trial date to end her marriage of 13 years to state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer.

Richie Farmer, a former University of Kentucky basketball star, is running for lieutenant governor on Republican David Williams' ticket for governor.

Franklin Family Court Judge Squire Williams was to take up Rebecca Farmer's motion for a trial date Tuesday morning but decided to hear it later because Farmer's attorney was not present.

Rebecca Farmer's attorney, Brian A. Logan of Frankfort, said the commissioner's attorney, Richard M. Guarnieri, had a scheduling conflict. Guarnieri was not immediately available for comment.

Logan said he did not know when the trial will be held.

He had no comment when asked whether it will be before Nov. 8, the date of this year's general election in Kentucky.

Rebecca Farmer, 37, filed for divorce April 5, two days after the couple separated.

She has given no reason for the filing in court documents but has claimed that Farmer "has limited her access to the parties' finances" and that the only money she has comes from her net monthly income of less than $1,100 as a teacher's aide in the Franklin County school system.

Richie Farmer, 41, has responded in court he disagrees with her statements that their marriage cannot be reconciled and that she should have custody and control of their three children.

Farmer makes $110,346 a year as agriculture commissioner.

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