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Endicott case dismissed, legal battle not over

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By Kenny Colston

A Shelbyville man accused of participating with seven others in gang activity in La Grange has seen his charged dismissed in district court, but his legal battle may still continue.

Casey Endicott, 18, had been the lone holdout of the “Oldham 8” whose case has remained in Oldham District Court. His attorney, Jessica Schulety, had requested a competency evaluation be completed before Endicott’s case could proceed.

But before that process could be finished, County Attorney John Carter motioned to dismiss all the charges against Endicott at his last court date on April 23. Carter said he made the motion because Endicott’s case is likely to go directly to a grand jury now.

“The circuit court judge will eventually be the one to decide his competency,” Carter said. “Rather than do it twice, in district court and circuit court, I just made the motion to dismiss.

Among the other seven who were arrested and charged with Endicott back in October was his brother, Thomas Wenz, 22, of Shelbyville.

At a hearing May 8, both the prosecution and Wenz’ defense agreed he was competent to proceed on charges of criminal gang recruitment, engaging in organized crime, unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Wenz was ordered for an evaluation in February.

Wenz’s next hearing is June 5.

The other six involved in the case all hail from La Grange. Roger Wilson, 19, Keaton Lee, 19, Donnie Lane, 22, Gabrielle Beach, 22, Felix Myers, 20, and Brandon Davis, 18, are all charged with one count each of engaging in organized crime, unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

The six were back in court either on May 1 or May 8. Both Beach and Lee were extended offers during their appearances and will return to court June 5. Wilson’s charges are also heading toward a resolution, according to court documents.

He will return on June 5, as will Myers, Davis and Lane.

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