MIDDLEBURG — A dispute over $200,000 worth of cattle allegedly stolen from a Snyder County farmer is headed to trial this morning.
Tony Martins, a 38-year-old cattle broker from Filer, Idaho, is charged with five counts of felony theft and two counts of bad checks for issuing two checks valued at $207,563 for cattle purchased from Michael Snook, owner of Creek Bottom Farms, 1510 White Church Road, Middleburg.
The trial, which has been continued three times in the past year, is scheduled to begin today and conclude Friday with Senior Judge Louise O. Knight presiding.
Martins has pleaded not guilty and denies any wrongdoing. He is represented by Lewisburg attorney Stephen Becker and the state Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case.
Snook said he and Martins did business for a few years until 2007 he started having trouble cashing the cattle broker’s checks.