A hearing was held in the Navajo County Superior Court on Wednesday, Feb. 7 concerning the possible removal of Judge Fred Newton of the Coconino County Superior Court from the Winslow hazing cases. The Navajo County Attorney's office presented evidence as to Newton's alleged "bias and prejudice" in the cases, resulting from the early release of two of the defendants from jail.
The county attorney's office and a lawyer for the defendants both made presentations. Several witnesses were questioned, including Judge Newton.
Judge William J. Schafer of the Arizona Superior Court (retired) held the hearing and said he would issue his decision possibly as early as Friday.
Saturday, Feb. 10 - Judge Fred Newton of the Coconino County Superior Court will remain as the trial judge for the Winslow hazing cases. Retired Superior Court Judge William J. Schafer of the Arizona Superior Court made that ruling Friday night. Schafer said he found "no preponderance of evidence showing that Judge Newton is biased now or was biased in the past in favor of the defense."
Further information on new hearing dates will be carried in the Winslow Mail or on "breaking news" as soon as it becomes available.