A verdict decision in the fraud and breach of trust trial of a former northern Saskatchewan chief has been delayed.

Former Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation Chief Napoleon Mercredi is accused of misappropriating more than three-quarters of a million dollars in band funds between 2009 and 2011.

Most of the money was in the form of economic development transfers from the Prince Albert Grand Council.

The Crown argues Mercredi stole the money to benefit himself, friends and family.

However, defence counters the former chief did nothing wrong, broke no rules and was only to trying to help community members.

A decision in the case was supposed to come down at Court of Queen’s Bench in Prince Albert on Friday.

However, Justice Gary Meschishnick said he needs more time to render a verdict.

A verdict decision has now been re-scheduled for Feb. 21.