Suspect says he’s innocent in string of armed robberies
April 21, 2005
A June 14 trial date was set for Dylan Burdick, a 20-year-old who is charged with nine counts of robbery including attacks on pedestrians and convenience store stick-ups in the fall and winter months.
Burdick, who remains in custody, faces a maximum of 12 years in prison if convicted. He appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court on Thursday for an arraignment in which he pleaded not guilty to all counts through his attorney, El Dorado County Public Defender Rick Meyer.
The trial is expected to span five days. Prosecutor Tony Sears said witnesses could include each person and store clerk who was robbed from November to February.
“Even if each victim came in and testified for 15 minutes, for each count that’s a lot of time,” he said.
Sears alluded more charges could be added, such a weapons violation. Authorities believe that Burdick, and to a lesser extent his alleged accomplice, William Weldy, used BB handguns in forcing people to turn over their money and possessions.
In addition, sometimes couples were targeted that would allow Sears to split charges to reflect each individual victim.
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An offer by the prosecution to Burdick of 11 years maximum in prison was almost rescinded but remains on the table until Thursday when the 20-year-old will appear in court for a pretrial conference.
“This will be the last opportunity on this offer,” Sears said.
Burdick’s alleged 21-year-old accomplice, Weldy, faces one count of robbery.
A May 12 preliminary hearing has been scheduled.
A preliminary hearing is when witnesses are called to the stand and other evidence is introduced to determine if enough reason exists to continue legal proceedings.