County seeking judge for hazing cases

Judge Edward Dawson of Gila County returned jurisdiction to Judge Carolyn Holiday of Navajo County in the Winslow High School hazing cases. He did so after a brief conference with lawyers representing the eight defendants in the Navajo County Court on Friday.

A status hearing was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on June 16. Judge Dawson said that the hearing could be conducted by telephone and could involve only the judge and lawyers although the defendants could be present in their lawyers' offices. The main purpose of the hearing will be to select a presiding judge who is acceptable to all concerned.

Judges Mike Nelson of Apache County and Fred Newton of Coconino County were the leading candidates to be named as the presiding judge in these cases.

The defendants in the cases are Martin Woods, charged in 10 cases; Stephen Garnett, Jr., charged in nine cases; Jason Black, charged in five cases; William Shoupe, charged in three cases; Timothy Lewis, charged in three cases; Brian Marquez, charged in one case; Logan Payne, charged in one case and Shane Garnett, charged in one case.

Woods and both Garnetts are represented by Attorney Bruce Griffin. Black is represented by Attorney Diane McCoy. Shoupe is represented by Attorney Ron Wood. Lewis is represented by Attorney Dale Nielson. Marquez is represented by Attorney Jim McGee substituting for Attorney Kevin Harris. Payne is represented by Attorney Ben Cole.

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