Manderson Hi-Way Bar & Café shooting trial delayed

By JESSICA ROBINSON

The trial involving Michael Verry who is charged in connection with shooting at the Manderson Hi-Way Bar and Café on February 3 2019, is currently delayed after a status conference hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The cause of the delay is due to Verry’s attorney, Nick Carter, suffering from issues with his health. Derek Thrall, an attorney with the Nick Carter Law Firm appeared by telephone on behalf of Carter. Verry was present on the phone with Thrall as well.

Big Horn County Fifth Judicial District Court Judge Bobbi Overfield asked on a timeframe for a trial. She mentioned there was talk of a trial in November.

Thrall said it was too soon for their office. He informed the court that Carter is not at the office presently. Thrall asked for setting another status conference in October.

Big Horn County Attorney Marcia Bean said this puts the state in a difficult condition. She felt badly for Carter; however Bean stood on the position that the case needed to move forward. She told the court that the further out the trial date, the more difficult it is to prosecute the case.

Bean requested that if there is another conference in October that a plan is put into place to move forward. 

Thrall said he thinks that sounds fair and that they will have a clearer sense of Carter’s health by then.

Judge Overfield was concerned if Verry had been informed and asked him several questions about the circumstances of his case. Verry confirmed that he understood. He has signed a waiver of speedy trial in his case.  Ultimately, it was decided to schedule another status conference in October.