February 25, 2005

Death penalty won't be sought in Reynolds case

Proscecutors have said they will not seek the death penalty against two of the teens accused of the murder of Adrianne Reynolds because the two were under the age of 17 at the time of the murder.
Nathan Gaudet plead guilty to concealing a homocide earlier in the week which sets up a situation where he'll likely be used as a witness against the other two defendants, Sarah Kolb and Cory Gregory.
Proscecutors would likely prefer that Kolb and Gregory be tried together and use Gaudet to testify against them.
However, when Kolb and Gregory appeared before Judge John Teros, Gregory's attorney requested that a different judge hear his case, and his case was assigned to be heard by Judge Jeff O'Connor. Defendants are granted one change of judge without having to provide a reason if they request it within 10 days of a first court appearance. That time limit had run out for Kolb, and her attorney had not made the request. So if the pair are to be tried together by the same judge, she would have to request a change of judges and demonstrate that Teros was prejudiced against her.
It remains to be seen how State's Attorney Jeff Terronez handles the situation.

Barb Ickes has the rest of the story at the Quad City Times online.

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At 2/25/2005 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has to be one of the QC's most horrible violence stories of our time. I'd hate to think Ms. Sarah Kolb or her two allies in crime would ever be out on the streets again. Best wishes to States Attorney Terronez as he seeks to impose the maximum penalty against teenagers who committed an act of violence so horrible that I am still trying to shield my young children from any mention of this crime.

At 2/26/2005 8:45 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I find the legal maneuvering involved in this case interesting. How is Terronez going to manage to get Kolb and Gregory to be tried together now that each is assigned to a different judge? Surely Kolb's defense attorney's won't want to cooperate by attempting to dismiss Teros for prejudice.

How's Terronez going to play this so that he can have Kolb and Gregory tried together and call Gaudet as a hostile witness?

Could any attorneys out there jump in on this?

At 3/26/2005 10:49 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

Most likly Sarah will get off by pleading insanity. I went to school with the girl for three years. She was one of my really close friends. But shes totally insane. She needs to be put into a mental hospital.


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