Former executives of Haslam-owned chain get 2017 trial date

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The former president of the company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will face trial next year along with seven others on charges they conspired to cheat customers out of promised discounts and rebates.

The trial was originally set for April. On Tuesday, attorneys for the former Pilot Flying J employees told a federal magistrate in Knoxville they need more time to prepare for the complex case. A motion to postpone the trial says information the government collected through search warrants includes about five terabytes of data.

Those indicted include former Pilot President Mark Hazelwood, former vice presidents John Freeman and Scott Wombold, and five others. All have pleaded not guilty.

The new trial date is Oct. 24, 2017.