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Lack of attorney puts armed robbery trial in limbo

November 30, 2018

KINGMAN — A Bullhead City man charged with armed robbery and kidnapping was back in Superior Court on Wednesday without an attorney.

Ernie Hernandez-Felix, 28, is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and assisting in a street gang. He is being held in county jail on a $25,000 bond.

Hernandez-Felix’s former attorney, Ron Gilleo, withdrew from Hernandez-Felix’s case three weeks ago due to a conflict in the case, leaving the defendant without an assigned attorney. The county’s Indigent Defense Service still hasn’t provided a new attorney.

Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. affirmed Hernandez-Felix’s trial to begin Dec. 17, but said with a new attorney on the case, that trial likely will be postponed. The judge set another status hearing for Monday.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers arrested Hernandez-Felix Aug. 4, 2017. However, DPS did not provide any details of the defendant’s arrest.

Hernandez-Felix was charged with allegedly robbing, assaulting and kidnapping a victim July 25, 2017, at a home in the 1800 block of Montclair Drive in Bullhead City, according to the indictment.

Hernandez-Felix’s co-defendant, Sigifredo Herrera Arteaga, 31, was in court Nov. 19. His next hearing was set for Dec. 31.

He is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and assisting in a street gang.

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