Trial dates have been set for a couple accused of stealing more than $150,000 from the Lutheran Cemetery Foundation of Pershing.

An initial hearing took place May 30 for Trisha C. Taylor of Cambridge City in Wayne Superior Court 2.

Judge Gregory Horn appointed Richmond attorney Mark Cox to represent Taylor as indigent counsel at county expense.   

Taylor entered a preliminary not guilty plea. Horn determined Taylor may remain on the $1,500 cash bail previously posted.

A pretrial conference is set for July 27, and the jury trial is to begin Sept. 11. Both are to start at 9 a.m. However, court proceedings are often delayed and rescheduled for various reasons.

Taylor previously was president of the cemetery board, and her husband, Dustin Taylor, was the superintendent. They are both accused of theft of more than $50,000, which is a Level 5 felony.  

Dustin Taylor waived his initial hearing in mid-May and remains on a surety bond of $35,000.

He also entered a preliminary not guilty plea. His pretrial conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. July 13, followed by a trial at 9 a.m. Aug. 28.  

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A version of this article appeared in the June 7 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.