A trial date has been set in a case involving Piney Township, officials say.

A Houston man charged with theft from Piney Township will stand trial Aug. 22-23, a judge decided.

A pre-trial conference for Roger L. Martin, who recently entered a not guilty plea, was set for Aug. 6. by Circuit Judge William Hickle. The case is prosecuted by the Missouri attorney general’s office.

Martin and Jackie A. Cooper were arrested in July 2012 following news of a Missouri State Highway Patrol investigation into financial irregularities uncovered by a township employee.

Martin is accused of stealing $26,292, according to documents filed Dec. 4 by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Cooper is charged with taking about $9,450. Both are accused of using a Shell Fleet credit card for personal use. Other township officials said they knew nothing about second credit card allegedly to be used by the men.

Both are free on bond.

Martin’s son, Jason L. Martin, of Houston, is charged with stealing less than $500, a misdemeanor. He is set for a court trial on Aug. 1.

Cooper is slated for a preliminary hearing on July 12 before Associate Circuit Judge Ronald White.

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