Six months after hearing testimony at a preliminary hearing, a judge ruled Tuesday that a former Provo city councilman accused of real-estate fraud will stand trial on only one of 10 felony charges originally filed against him.
Steven Turley, 46, was charged in 2011 in 4th District Court. But after reviewing transcripts from the February preliminary hearing, Judge James Taylor ruled prosecutors presented evidence that supported only one charge: a single count of second-degree felony communications fraud.
That charge is in connection to a loan agreement Turley allegedly made with Trudy Childs in 2008. According to the judge's ruling, Turley contacted Childs in an effort to buy 80 acres of property near Spanish Fork Canyon. When Childs told Turley she needed cash for ranch operations, Turley loaned her $30,000, according to the ruling.