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U.S. judge separates trials for 3 ex-Enron executives

HOUSTON (AP) — Former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow will be tried separately from his two co-defendants based on a 109-count indictment, a judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt set Fastow's trial to begin on April 20, 2004.

Meanwhile, he set a July 20, 2004, trial date for co-defendant Ben Glisan Jr., former Enron treasurer, and an Aug. 17, 2004, date for Dan Boyle, former Enron finance director.

Hoyt said the trials were split partially because of the discrepancy in the number of counts against Fastow in comparison to his co-defendants, "as well as the impact that such evidence may have on a jury."

Almost 100 of the charges in the May indictment are against Fastow, who has pleaded innocent to fraud, money laundering, insider trading and other charges for allegedly masterminding schemes and partnerships to enrich himself, his family and friends at the expense of Enron and its investors.

Glisan faces 24 counts of money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy. Boyle faces two counts of conspiracy.