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'Romeo' trial delayed

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The two defendants facing multiple hunting violations in what has become known as 'The Romeo Trial,' won't be going to court anytime soon, a judge said Monday.

A court hearing before Juneau District Court Judge John Sivertsen Jr. revealed there will not be a trial date of Sept. 30 for Park Myers and Jeffrey Peacock.

Myers filed a motion to change his plea Friday and was granted a hearing on Oct. 14.

Peacock, meanwhile, is undergoing chemotherapy, his attorney Thomas Nave said. His next appearance in court is now set for Oct. 28.

District attorney Doug Gardner is prosecuting the case for the state and said "After reviewing the doctor's materials and medical materials provided by Mr. Peacock's attorney Mr. Nave, I agree that he has a serious illness and agree to a later court date until he is in better health."

Attorney David Mallet represents Myers.

Myers and Peacock were arrested May 21 for a multitude of class A misdemeanor charges that included bear baiting without a permit, three unlawful possession of game charges, hunting in a closed area, and a count of taking big game using unlawful methods. Park's took a black wolf, and that coincided with the disappearance of the black wolf Romeo that frequented the Mendenhall Glacier area and often played with local dogs.

Peacock faces an additional charge of unsworn falsification.

Myers and Peacock pleaded not guilty at their May 25 arraignment.

Romeo had gray markings along with his black fur, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game listed him as a gray wolf although his color was black, according to Empire archives. Authorities said the hide taken from the Myers and Peacock was black.

Outside the courtroom Monday, Friends of Romeo member Harry Robinson said the Alaska Wildlife Alliance delivered a petition with more than 1,300 signatures to District Attorney Gardner, calling for the full prosecution of both Myers and Peacock.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.



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