CRYSTAL FALLS - The trial for Iron River funeral director Terry Lee Langenberg has been postponed so his new attorney Donald Powell has time to prepare his case.
According to Iron County Trial Court officials, Judge C. Joseph Schwedler granted Powell's motion for a continuance of trial during Langenberg's appearance in court Thursday. Langenberg's trial was originally scheduled for mid-August, but his previous attorney Roy Polich withdrew as counsel during a motion hearing on June 24.
Judge Schwedler rescheduled the trial for the week of Sept. 28.
Powell filed additional motions, a motion for change of venue and a motion for expert witness, which Judge Schwedler will hear on July 29 at 11 a.m.
Langenberg, 55, faces 20 felony charges related to alleged fraudulent business practices. The charges include one count of criminal enterprise-conducting, two counts of uttering and publishing, eight counts of embezzlement, eight counts of funeral contracts-conversion, and one count of larceny by conversion-more than $1,000 but less than $20,000.
In 2008, Langenberg was charged with seven felony counts of funeral contracts-conversion. As part of a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of funeral contracts-rule violations. He was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail.
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