PRINCETON— The trial of one of three remaining defendants in the 2014 robbery of the Princeton Taco Tierra restaurant originally scheduled this week was vacated, with a pretrial conference scheduled March 2 in Gibson Circuit Court.
With former Gibson County Prosecutor Rob Krieg taking the Gibson Superior Court bench in January and former criminal defense attorney Michael Cochren appointed as the new county prosecutor, several pending cases have moved to Gibson Circuit Court with new special prosecutors appointed.
Drew E. Denbo, who accused of conspiring in the October, 2014 robbery of the restaurant, was scheduled to stand trial this week in Gibson Superior Court, but the case is moved to Gibson Circuit Court before Judge Jeffrey Meade. Dirk Carnahan of Knox County accepted appointment as special prosecutor for the cases against Denbo, Dontray Chavis, 24, Princeton, and Jalen S. Packer, 24, Princeton.
A pretrial conference for Denbo is scheduled March 2. She is free on $2,500 cash bond.
Chavis is scheduled to be tried in Gibson Circuit Court April 17-19. A final pre-trial hearing is scheduled March 22. He is free on $6,000 bond while the case is pending.
Packer, also charged with felony robbery, was granted release from jail Feb. 7 with GPS monitored home detention as a condition of his $1,000 cash bond while he awaits a pre-trial hearing March 2.
Christian S. Griesemer, 20, pled guilty in Gibson Superior Court last summer to a charge of armed robbery in the case, admitting he took a bag with $2,954 and a cellular phone from a Taco Tierra employee.
He was sentenced to nine years in prison for the Class 3 felony. He is required to serve 75 percent of that time, meaning his actual sentence could be six years and nine months. It is being served concurrently with a 21-year prison sentence for a home invasion conviction imposed last year in Wabash County, Illinois.