Jul 17, 2014

McCovey three co defendant case continued; Sept 15 preliminary scheduled

Intervention is on August 7 at 3 p.m. Preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 15 at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 2.

Previous post on this case with background:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/04/well-known-and-loved-hoopa-community.html

On April 17,  in Judge Mariyln Miles Courtroom 2, at 1:30 p.m., in addition to Marian Earl McCovey, Sr, two other defendants were arraigned. The co-defendants are Marion Earl McCovey, Jr and  Romeo Blue McCovey.

Mr. McCovey, Sr is well-known in the Hoopa community for his work with the Hoopa Youth Center, Hoopa Tribe Recreation Department, he coached youth in basketball,baseball and was formerly employed with the Klamath United Trinity School District.

The charges for each defendant include both felonies and misdemeanors. Jackie Pizzo is prosecuting this case for the People.

All three defendants were present in the courtroom, they are not in custody. Mr. McCovey, Sr is being represented by Jeffrey Schwartz. Judge Miles appointed the Public Defender Casey Russo  to represent Mr.McCovey, Jr and the Conflict Counsel supervising attorney Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis to represent Mr. Romeo Blue McCovey.

The charges against each defendant were read by Judge Miles with the appropriate code and then  stated as following: for Mr. McCovey, Sr. are Count 1 marijuana cultivation, Count 2, marijuana for sale, Count 3 child abuse and Count 4 contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

For Mr. McCovey, Jr and Romeo Blue McCovey the charges are the same. Count 1 is cultivation of marijuana, Count 2 marijuana for sale and Count 3 contributing to the deliquency of a minor.

Each defendant entered a not guilty plea and a general time waiver. Each defendant was allowed to remain out of custody on their own recognizance. Intervention is scheduled for June 17 at 3 p.m. and Preliminary Hearing on June 25 at 8:30 a.m.

Before the arraignment, the defendants were in the hallway and they sat quietly. Their demeanor was very respectful and polite to people around them. In court, their behavior was the same.

Background on case from Hoopa Tribal Police Department press release:

On 12/11/2013 the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department ended a five month long marijuana investigation after serving a search warrant at a residence located on Mill Creek Road In Hoopa CA.

At the Hoopa residence Officers located approximately 11 lbs of marijuana and several firearms. One suspect was arrested at the residence identified as Marion McCovey Sr age 56. McCovey was transported and booked at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for H&S 11358 Cultivation of marijuana, H&S 11359 Possession of marijuana for sale, H&S 11357 c Possession of marijuana over an ounce, PC 182(a)(1) Conspiracy, PC 273a(a) Child Endangerment and PC 272 Contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Two juveniles who were at the residence at the time of the search warrant were placed with a family member. This is an ongoing investigation and more arrests are anticipated.

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