McCullough trial postponed until after county primary

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Prosecution and defense attorneys will meet next week with an Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judge to decide upon a new felony-theft trial date for Chuck McCullough, a Republican candidate for county executive.

On Friday, Judge Donald E. Machen postponed Mr. McCullough's trial, scheduled for the week before the May 17 primary, at the request of Patrick Thomassey, the defendant's attorney. Mr. Thomassey said the postponement was necessary due to a personal matter he had to attend to out of state.

Mr. McCullough, a lawyer and former county councilman, faces trial on charges he took money from an elderly client to make donations without her authorization. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Mr. McCullough, 56, of Upper St. Clair, served as county solicitor under Jim Roddey, the first county executive under the new form of government. In 2007 he was elected to an at-large seat on county council.



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