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Mon March 13, 2006
Court Case Delayed
Gillette, Wy – The case of a 15-year-old boy charged with
murder and conspiracy to commit murder in Gillette has been delayed
until the court can resolve whether to try him as an adult.
As a result of the decision by District Judge Michael Deegan,
Michael Frank Seiser was not asked to enter a plea today (Monday)
during his arraignment hearing.
Seiser is accused of plotting to kill 16-year-old Bryce Chavers
with Christopher Robert Hicks and Jacob Paul Martinez and then
driving Hicks and Martinez to Chavers house on the night he was
shot to death.
Seiser's lawyers have asked to move the boy's trial to juvenile
court. A hearing will be held in May on the request.
Another issue is whether Seiser can be released on bond.
Wyoming law and the state Constitution require judges to
consider bond except in capital cases. However, Seiser's attorneys
say since the boy is too young to be executed under Wyoming law,
the case is not a capital murder case.
Judge Deegan instructed both sides to make their arguments on
the bond issue over the next couple of weeks.