Bank Robber Hearing Delayed 30 Aug 12

The court hearing of an accused bank robber scheduled to take place on Monday has been delayed.

50-year-old Mark Edward Wetsch is accused of committing a string of bank robberies across the state, including in St. Peter and Gaylord.

Monday’s hearing had originally been delayed while new evidence was brought forward, but Wetsch then reportedly requested another delay last week after claiming that his attorney had delayed his trial without his permission.

The Minneapolis man has pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of armed bank robbery after being arrested outside of St. Peter in January following a bank robbery in Brewster. He had reportedly been ready to enter into a plea deal, but prosecutors apparently turned down his efforts to be cooperative.

Wetsch says that his attorney then filed continuances in the case on his behalf without his “knowledge, consent or involvement.”

A new court date has not been set at this time. Wetsch faces up to 25 years in prison on each of the charges, if convicted.