GOSHEN — Five men arrested in connection with a home robbery in Goshen could go to trial March 3 after the judge denied their attorneys' motions to continue Thursday, Feb. 20.
Armando Gonzalez, 18, Matthew R. Allen, 19; Antoine A. McDuffie, 21; Davon N. Crenshaw, 19; and Montrail D. Williams, 20, are facing charges of robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, burglary, criminal confinement and conspiracy to commit burglary. Each of the charges are a Class B felony. The maximum sentence for a Class B felony is 20 years in prison.
According to initial reports, officers from the Goshen Police Department responded Nov. 4, 2013, to a home at the Twin Pines Mobile Home Park to reports of a robbery.
The victims of the robbery told police that a handgun of unknown caliber was displayed during the robbery. None of the residents were injured.
During each of the defendant's court hearings, their attorneys filed a motion to continue the trial. The prosecuting attorneys in the case objected to each motion and Judge Terry Shewmaker denied the requests.
Although all five men are co-defendants, there will not be a joint trial.
Some of the suspects gave information incriminating their co-defendants when they were questioned by police. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling known as the Bruton rule says it is a violation of a defendant's constitutional rights to use a co-defendant's statement against him or her during a joint trial.
Any of the defendants may plead guilty to their charges anytime until the court trial date.