..A case that on the surface first appeared to be a simple allegation of stealing food from the governor’s kitchen has grown into a tangled web of political intrigue involving Virginia businessman Jonnie Williams’ gifts to AG Ken Cuccinelli and Gov. Bob McDonnell..

RICHMOND, Va. AP — A judge granted Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s request to withdraw from the politically charged embezzlement case against a former Virginia Executive Mansion chef Thursday but delayed ruling on a defense request to dismiss the four-count indictment.

Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer appointed Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Gregory Underwood to prosecute the case against Todd Schneider. She scheduled a status hearing for May 14. A motion by Schneider’s attorney, Steve Benjamin, to dismiss the charges will be considered then.

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