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Casino owner wants separate trial in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor is asking a judge to let him be tried separately from the nine other defendants in Alabama's gambling corruption case.

McGregor's lawyers filed court papers Saturday in Montgomery saying he deserves a separate trial because he's ready for trial on the scheduled date of April 4, but most other defendants want a delay.

McGregor's attorney, Joe Espy, also argued that it will be extremely difficult to try 10 people at once and that such a large trial could result in McGregor being unfairly judged based on evidence of what others did.

McGregor and the other defendants were arrested in October on charges accusing them of buying and selling votes on pro-gambling legislation.

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