Gary Novak, reserve police officer at McPherson, has retained Hays attorney Paul Oller, and will make his next court appearance July 19.
The four GI’s from Fort Riley arrested with Novak are no longer the concern of Kiowa County.
“We’ve dismissed charges against them because their prosecution is now being handled through military channels,” Lattin said. “They have a lot more firepower than we do.”
David Sheley, one of two Pratt men charged with looting the same store in a separate incident has retained Norton attorney Charles Worden, and is also scheduled to next appear July 19 in District Court in Mullinville.
While Sheley’s alleged accomplice, Pratt resident James Carlisle, is being represented by Mark Cowell of Larned, his fate is less certain.
Indicating judicial pressure to move swiftly in charging the alleged looters may have led to a miscommunication in regard to Carlisle, Lattin said his case is on hold at present. All seven suspects made their first court appearance in Mullinville the Thursday following the tornado, three to four days after their arrest.
“Right now we’re having to revisit some of the information we initially received on his (Carlisle’s) involvement in this,” she said. “Right now I can’t say when he’ll next appear in court.”