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Trial of former sports club treasurer delayed

The embezzlement trial for the former treasurer of the Mohave Sportsman Club was postponed again Thursday until June.

Walter Lloyd Tester's trial was scheduled to begin March 17.

Tester is charged with theft, forgery and fraudulent schemes and artifices, all felonies.

Because of other trials in his court, including a murder trial, Mohave County Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss postponed Tester's trial until June 2.

Tester's next hearing was set for April 30.

Tester's jury trial management hearing was rescheduled for May 27.

The jury trial management hearing, normally set two weeks before the trial, is the last day when a defendant can accept a plea offer.

Tester is not in custody.

Tester's co-defendant and wife, Joan Tester, who served as the club's president, died in August.

She had been charged with felony theft and fraudulent schemes and artifices.

The Testers, who held their posts at the club for about two and a half years, were charged with stealing approximately $29,000 from the club between May 1999 and March 26, 2002, court records show.

Walter Tester provided incorrect treasury reports to the club, according to court records.

The couple resigned from their positions in April just days after a criminal complaint was filed against them in Kingman Justice Court.

If tried and convicted for the theft and fraudulent schemes charges, Tester could receive three to 12 1/2 years in prison on each charge.

The forgery charge could net him one to 3 3/4 years in prison.

The Mohave Sportsman Club reportedly has more than 800 members and is based at Seven Mile Range, a 722-acre gun range on Oatman Road used by law enforcement officers as well as the public.

The club, which has been in existence since 1936, is made up of hunters, anglers and sport enthusiasts.