Judge Denies Request for Mistrial by Former Starkey Associate

Judge Denies Request for Mistrial by Former Starkey Associate Photo: KSTP/Mike Oakes

February 27, 2018 06:38 PM

A federal judge has denied a motion for mistrial filed by one of the four defendants accused of conspiring to steal more than $20 million from Starkey Hearing Technologies.

An attorney for W. Jeffrey Taylor, a former Starkey business associate, argued in the motion filed Monday the government has failed to provide sufficient evidence to connect Taylor to the conspiracy at the heart of the indictment against his client and three others.

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Judge John Tunheim denied the motion Tuesday, according to court records.

RELATED: Former Starkey Associate Files for Mistrial

Court proceedings are expected to resume Wednesday.

Former Starkey president Jerry Ruzicka, former Starkey human resources manager Larry Miller and former Starkey business associate Lawrence Hagen join Taylor as defendants in the federal trial.

Two others, former Starkey CFO Scott Nelson and the former president of a Starkey subsidiary, Jeff Longtain, have pleaded guilty in connection to the case and testified for the prosecution. Nelson pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy, and Longtain to a count of tax evasion. 

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