No Plea Agreement for Accused Bank Robber 29 May 12

An man accused of stealing from banks across the state, including in St. Peter and Gaylord, has reportedly backed out of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

49-year-old Mark Edward Wetsch, dubbed the “Man in Black” by some, was caught in St. Peter in January. He’s facing 13 counts of armed bank robbery in federal court, including bank robberies in Cologne, St. Peter and Gaylord.

A plea hearing had been scheduled to be held today (TUE), but has now been canceled. The defense is requesting a new hearing to reportedly challenge constitutional issues, including claims that the arrest was unlawful and that statements Wetsch made to police after his arrest were not voluntary. His attorneys say that Wetsch now plans to take the case to trial as well.

A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for July 20th.