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    Change comes one month before scheduled trial

    The accused in a case of stolen mail at the Moab Post Office is scheduled to soon change his plea from not guilty. File photo by Carter Pape

    The U.S. District Court judge in Salt Lake City overseeing the case of stolen mail at the Moab Post Office has scheduled a hearing for a change of plea by the accused in the case, Richard C. Davis.

    Davis had previously pleaded not guilty in the case; the change of plea hearing came the same day a notice was due to the court from how Davis’s counsel regarding how the defense wanted to proceed in the case.

    U.S. District Judge Paul Warner ordered Davis’s counsel to, by Feb. 20, file a motion seeking to postpone the start date of the trial, send a notification that the counsel sought the trial to go forward as scheduled, or to schedule a hearing to change Davis’s plea. Davis’s counsel chose the latter.

    The change of plea hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3. The trial was scheduled to start March 16.

    Even with a change of plea, Davis might still appear before the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah in Salt Lake City on the scheduled trial date, when federal prosecutors might present the judge with statements of facts from investigators.

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