Magistrate judge delays civil trial accusing evangelist Tony Alamo of abuse

Associated Press/October 4, 2010

Texarkana, Arkansas - A federal magistrate judge has delayed the civil trial against evangelist Tony Alamo in a lawsuit over alleged abuse at his ministries.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant indefinitely delayed Alamo's trial last week. It was set to begin Oct. 25. Bryant granted the delay at the request of Alamo's lawyers and the lawyers for plaintiffs Spencer Ondrisek and Seth Calagna.

The two have already won a $3 million judgment against John Kolbek. Kolbek was accused of being Alamo's "enforcer" and disciplinarian at Alamo's religious compound in Fouke. Kolbek never appeared in court and remains a fugitive.

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