A former top official of a failed sweetener facility facing fraud and stealing charges was in Randolph County court Wednesday morning.

Bruce Cole, the ex-CEO of Mamtek U.S. Inc. had his attorney make an appeal to the court to have the media excluded from proceedings, that motion was denied. Also Cole’s Attorney requested a reduction in bond which the judge said would be taken under advisement. The judge also refused a request for the defendant to have access to the law library; however Cole will be able to wear civilian clothes during his trial.

Cole will next appear in court for a pre-trial hearing January 17th at 9 in the morning.