Suspected robbers could get same trial


— The next time William S. Russick appears in court in February he could be reunited with Gregg H. Grabowski. The two men allegedly robbed a convenience store early Thanksgiving morning.

On Wednesday, Russick, 20, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over into state 14th Judicial District Court by Routt County Judge James Garrecht.

Originally, Russick was to appear before 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson.

However, Russick's attorney, Kristopher Hammond, asked Garrecht Wednesday to schedule his client's arraignment with the same district judge overseeing Grabowski's case, Richard P. Doucette.

Garrecht complied with the request and scheduled for Russick to be arraigned the same time and day, 9:15 a.m. Feb. 21, as Grabowski, 23.

It is not certain if Doucette will allow Russick to enter a plea to two felonies and a misdemeanor on that day, Garrecht said.

"I'm not sure Judge Doucette will accept this case," Garrecht said to Hammond. "He might send it back to Judge Thompson.

"I guess you will cross that bridge when you come to it."


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