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No plea deal in robbery outside store; trial set
Apr 15, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer
One defendant in the case of a November mugging at Walmart is headed to trial on May 12.
Deputy Fremont County attorney Dan Stebner and public defender Terry Martin agreed at an April 10 hearing in Lander District Court that they had not reached a plea agreement and did not expect to.
The defendant, Curtis Oldman, of Lander, originally was charged with one count of accessory before the fact to aggravated robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
District Court Judge Norman E. Young set the trial date and said his office would begin calling 13 jurors, 12 for a jury and one alternate. The alternate prevents having to have a entire second trial if a juror is unable to complete the duty.
On Nov. 10, a woman reported a man had pointed a gun at her head and snatched her purse while she was walking to her car at Walmart.
Adrian Sixfeathers, of St. Stephen's, who was 16 at the time, was charged as an adult with committing the robbery. His case has been sealed, which often occurs when cases move to the juvenile justice system.
The 64-year-old victim said a man dressed in black approached her, pointed a black handgun at her head and said, "I'm going to shoot you if you don't get me your purse," according to an affidavit in the case. She handed over her bag.
At a March hearing, former deputy Fremont County Attorney Pat LeBrun said footage from Walmart's security cameras showed two figures exit a silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo before the mugging. They stood behind the car for a moment, then one approached the victim.
Prosecutors think the mugger was Sixfeathers, and the weapon was a pellet gun resembling an automatic pistol.
A witness reported the robber got in the Monte Carlo, and the car took off south on North Federal Boulevard. Riverton Police Department officer Amy Luton saw a car matching the description and chased the vehicle until it stopped in the 1400 bock of 17 Mile Road. There, two males dressed in black got out and ran across a field.
Officers saw one suspect throw what they later found to be a pellet gun as he ran.
Police caught up to both runners and identified Sixfeathers as the one with the weapon and Oldman as the other, according to the affidavit. Officers found Teisha Underwood, who was 22, of Lander, in the driver's seat of the stopped Monte Carlo. Police arrested all three.
On March 21, Underwood pleaded guilty to accessory before the fact to robbery in exchange for lowered charges.
Amended chargers were filed March 19, but details are not yet available because the case's documents remain in the judge's chambers. At the April 10 hearing, Fremont County Attorney Michael Bennett said Stebner would file another set of amended charges by April 15, indicating that if the charges changed, they could go back to the original counts.
Alternate jurors hear the entire trial, not knowing they are an alternate until the panel goes into deliberation. If all 12 other jurors can finish the case, the alternate is excused at that point.
If a juror has to leave the trial, such as for a medical reason, the alternate would fill in. If no alternate was available and a juror backed out, a new jury would have to be called and the trial reheard.