Chelsea Gerlach Arraigned on New Charges Today
[report by gumby cascadia]
Chelsea Gerlach was arraigned on new charges today following indictments by the Federal Grand Jury in Eugene last week.
Numerous charges have been added related to an arson at Childer's Meat Company in Eugene on May 19, 1999 and another at Jefferson Poplar Farm in Clatskanie on May 21, 2001. I didn't catch the number of charges related to the Childer's fire, but she has been charged with 14 counts related to the Clatskanie fire.
The US attorney gleefully announced that Chelsea was facing 290 years in federal detention if convicted, when Chelsea's lawyer asked for another detention hearing to have Chelsea released on bail pending trial. Her lawyer also intends to file a motion for discovery tomorrow (Tuesday 12/20) as the Government has failed to turn over discovery needed to work on her defense. Her lawyer accused the Government of heaping "Multiplicitous Indictments" on Chelsea. "They are overcharging her," he stated. Her lawyer asserted that the only evidence the Government has brought forth appears to be the testimony of confidential informants. He said that he planned to bring to light more on these informants in a detention hearing set for this Thursday, Dec.23 at 1:30, since the Government appears to be relying solely on these informants and Chelsea has been held on little evidence for too long already.
Trial dates were set today, as well. A status hearing for all three trials will be held on Feb. 13 at 1:30 with Judge Coffin.
February 28th, 2006 9am : Trial on charges stemming from destruction of a Bonneville Power Administration power transmission tower near Bend, Oregon
March 15th, 9am : Trial on charges from Childer's Meat Co.
March 28th, 9am : Trial on charges from Jefferson Poplar, Clatskanie