Calif. man to face W.Va. extortion trial in Feb.

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Updated: 12/11/2012 6:48 am

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A California man accused of trying to extort $13 million from a West Virginia coal executive should now stand trial in February.

A judge last week granted Vivek Shah's motion to fire his attorney and his new public defender's motion to postpone the trial.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger is set to hear the case Feb. 25 in Beckley.

Records in the case are sealed. But the docket report shows the 25-year-old aspiring actor from West Hollywood wanted to relieve Charleston attorney Troy Giatra.

He's now represented by Mary Lou Newberger.

Shah was indicted in August on charges he threatened to kill relatives of Foresight Reserves owner Christopher Cline if Cline refused to pay him.

Shah allegedly targeted four other wealthy, unidentified victims in Connecticut, Texas, Florida and Illinois.


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