La Grange gang cases looking for ‘global resolution’

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By Kenny Colston

The majority of eight individuals charged with participating in criminal gang activity were back in court last week, hoping to come closer to resolutions in their cases.

Roger Wilson, Felix Myers, Brandon Davis, Gabrielle Beach, Donnie Lane and Keaton Lee, all of La Grange, appeared in Oldham Circuit Court last Thursday for pre-trial conferences in their cases.

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys for all six individuals noted how unusual the situation was, with the number of co-defendants in one case.

La Grange Police arrested the six, plus Shelbyville brothers Casey Endicott and Thomas Wenz, in October after weeks of investigating. They were charged with various gang and drug offenses at the time.

All but Endicott were indicted in December on charges of engaging in organized crime, unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Endicott is still awaiting a competency hearing to determine whether his case can continue to a grand jury or not.

During the La Grange six’s most recent appearances, attorneys for each individual argued for a continuance in their client’s case, due to the unusual circumstances and large evidence files to go through.

The attorneys for each individual also plan to meet with prosecutors to see if a “global resolution” can be met for all involved in the case.

Additionally, Wilson made a request to be removed from home incarceration, but his request wasn’t initially granted. Lee also made a release request and was granted one.

And an attorney for Lane set an initial trial date of Sept. 29, should the case progress to that point.

Davis and Myers will be back in court on May 1. Wilson, Lee, Lane and Beach will return on May 8, as will Wenz, who was taken back into custody two weeks ago.

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