Trial for Steve Standridge Put Off Until 2014

Steve Standridge, the former Mount Ida insurance agent who is facing a 12-count federal indictment, won’t go on trial next month after all.

Nor even this year.

U.S. District Judge Brian Miller granted last week a motion by Standridge’s defense attorney, Tim Dudley of Little Rock, for a continuance. His trial is now scheduled for July 14, 2014.

That will be almost two years after his August 2012 indictment on one count of conspiring to commit bank fraud, four counts of aiding and abetting bank fraud, one count of bank fraud, five counts of money laundering and one count of making a false statement to a financial institution.

It will also be almost four and a half years since the allegations in the indictment were first made by Arkansas Insurance Department regulators when they yanked Standridge’s license in March 2010.