By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
A trial has now been set for a third of four suspects involved in an alleged carjacking in March.
Friday, Judge Kim Schroeder set the trial for Bobby Stensland, 19, of Dodge City, for Nov. 1 through 4 in Seward County District Court.
Stensland pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple charges, including aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, theft, criminal restraint, battery, vehicle burglary, attempted felony theft, conspiracy to commit theft and criminal damage to property.
Those charges stem from an alleged incident on Jan. 10, when officers responded to the 200 block of South Virginia in Liberal for a reported carjacking, where the handicapped victim was forced out of the vehicle without his wheelchair and had to crawl for help.
The victim’s Blazer was later recovered in Finney County.
Stensland was arrested, along with three other suspects, Juan D. Garza, 26, Jose Gil, both of Garden City and Matthew Perez, 27, of Dodge City, between Jan. 29 and March 1 by authorities in Ford and Finney counties, according to a statement from Liberal Police Capt. Pat McClurg.
Trials for Gil and Garza were set Thursday by District Judge Clint Peterson. The judge postponed setting Stensland’s trial date until Friday because he could not fit the case on his docket before the end of the 90-day period required for a speedy trial. The case now will be heard by judge Schroeder.
Peterson also postponed setting Perez’s trial date Thursday after receiving a letter from the suspect to have his attorney, Liberal’s Grover Bryan, removed from the case. Perez is scheduled to appear with his new attorney, Paul Kitzke of Liberal, at an arraignment on Sept. 21 in Seward County District Court.