By Victoria Fregoso, Lead Reporter at County10.com
(Riverton) - Two of the suspects in the November deaths of Eric Likes and Elva Quiver were granted a continuance on their preliminary hearings Wednesday morning in Riverton Circuit Court.
19-year-old Laziur Stephen Hanway Jr. and 20-year-old Joseph Jude Jenkins were scheduled for their preliminary hearings concurrently but their attorneys will now have an extra 30 days to prepare for the hearing.
Hanway is represented by Public Defender David Serelson out of Cheyenne who spoke to Judge Wesley Roberts in front of the courtroom and requested the continuance. Serelson told Judge Roberts “we believe the extra time will help,” and acknowledged the time everyone in the courtroom has taken to be present. “I think there will be a benefit to both sides,” Serelson said referring to both the defense and state attorneys. Jenkin’s Public Defender Tina Olson from Cheyenne spoke after Serelson and also requested a continuance. Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn had no objections against the request and agreed it was “essential in the best interest of their clients.”
Before granting the request, Judge Roberts did say the Circuit Court schedule is busy with other items on the docket, but granted the 30 day continuance and specified the preliminary hearings are not to be set any earlier than 30 days from now.
Hanway and Jenkins are two of five suspects arrested in the November 2011 deaths of Eric Likes and Elva Quiver of Hudson. Likes and Quiver both died from stab wounds on the night of November 15th and their home on Ohio Street was set on fire two days later on November 17th. Jenkins faces a total of 11 felony counts including four counts of first degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, first degree arson, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. Hanway was charged with seven felony counts. The new date for their preliminary hearing has yet to be set, at that time Judge Roberts will decide if all of their charges will be bound over to district court.