The trial for two area magistrates accused of multiple fraud charges will continue after a judge rejected an agreement Monday.

Judge Thomas Kleeh denied the motion that would have allowed magistrates Roger Clem, Jr. and Alton Skinner II leave their office and agree to ever to seek any public office in the future. That same deal would also have kept both men out of jail.

The denied motion would have continued the case for a year to allow the state’s Judicial Investigation Commission to complete its work.

Kleeh allowed a new oral motion to push the trial back, since attorneys on all sides said they would need more time to prepare for the case.

Trial is set to begin on February 18. ORIGINAL (September 26, 6:21 p.m.):

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