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Ex-BYU official gets evidence hearing

PROVO — A former Brigham Young University finance official will have a chance to argue for the suppression of computer files seized from his campus office.

Fourth District Judge James Taylor scheduled an April 4 evidentiary hearing for John Davis, 59. Davis is charged with embezzling more than $300,000 from student and university accounts between May 1995 and May 2001.

Davis' attorney, Craig Snyder, filed a motion to toss out information collected on campus by BYU officials because they failed to obtain search warrants.

Taylor also agreed to allow arguments on Snyder's motion to postpone an April trial date until 2004 so Davis' former supervisor can testify. The supervisor is currently serving an LDS Church mission in South Africa.

Davis faces one count of racketeering and seven counts of theft, all second-degree felonies and each punishable by one-to-15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.