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Two Hudson suspects nix preliminary hearings

Jun 6, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

The charges against Joseph Jude Jenkins and Laziur Stephen Hanway Jr. in the Hudson double homicide case will advance to Lander District Court after the two waived their Wednesday hearings.

Jenkins, 20, of Arapahoe, and Hanway Jr., 19, of Ethete, were expected to appear in Riverton Circuit Court Wednesday morning for a concurrent preliminary hearing.

However, according to documents filed June 1, Jenkins waived his right to the hearing through his attorney, Tina N. Olson, of Cheyenne.

Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn said Tuesday that Hanway Jr. also waived his right to a hearing. Those documents were unavailable by press time.

A preliminary hearing is for a judge to decide if there is probable cause to believe that the defendant committed the crime. If probable cause is found, the case progresses to district court where the defendant is arraigned.

The two men are among five accused in the November killings of Eric Clinton Likes, 42, and his girlfriend, Elva Charlotte Quiver, 20, and subsequent robbery and arson at the couple's trailer house in Hudson.

The other defendants are Samantha June Hanway, 20, of Ethete, Ryan Blake Hanway, 22, of Riverton, and Jude Blackburn, 15, of Riverton.

Wednesday's hearing was the second preliminary hearing planned for Jenkins and Laziur Hanway Jr. The two were in court May 2 for a combined hearing, but before proceedings got under way, defense counsel for both men asked Judge Wesley Roberts for a continuance.

Jenkins and Laziur Hanway Jr. are each charged with four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, first-degree arson, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.

Jenkins' and Laziur Hanway Jr.'s waiving of a preliminary hearing came less than a week after attorneys for Samantha Hanway filed a plea agreement asking for a lower prison sentence in exchange for cooperating in future court proceedings involving her co-defendants.

According to the plea agreement, Samantha Hanway would plead guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting second-degree murder in exchange for the dismissal of nine other charges and testimony at hearings or trials for the other four defendants.

She is expected in court next month for an arraignment.

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