A former police officer charged with stealing livestock valued at more than $70,000 will stand trial, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Wendel Don Hughes, 36, will face trial on 31 counts of larceny of domestic animals, Assistant District Attorney Joshua King said.

The preliminary hearing began March 16 and continued Thursday. Seven witnesses testified during the two days, King said.

Records from two northeastern Oklahoma livestock markets show Hughes sold 178 head of cattle for $72,301.27, according to an arrest affidavit filed in January 2011. He is accused of stealing cattle from Mark and Roger Sweeney.