Trial date set for Watton B&E case

L’ANSE – A tentative trial date was set Tuesday for one of the men suspected of an August armed robbery In Watton.

Bernard Fish, 47, of Shawano, Wis., is scheduled to stand trial for four days in April. In August, he and co-defendant Donovan Waupoose allegedly robbed two men at gunpoint, claiming to be federal marshals. They allegedly stole $10,000 as well as items such as wallets, a phone and a passport.

Fish’s attorney, David Gemignani, said Tuesday he is still waiting on phone records from the day of the incident.

During the preliminary hearing in December, he questioned the alleged victims about calls they claim to have made on the day of the incident.

“This case is going to be heavily dependent upon phone records … there’s also a phone that the Michigan State Police has seized that (Baraga County Prosecutor Joseph O’Leary) and I will informally work out where I’ll be able to inspect that phone for further data,” Gemignani said.

A scheduled Tuesday hearing for co-defendant Waupoose, 21, of Stephenson, was adjourned. O’Leary has said he would like to combine the cases for trial.

Both men face two counts of armed robbery, a felony punishable by life in prison; two counts of extortion, a 20-year felony; two counts of unlawful imprisonment, a 15-year felony; and impersonating a police officer to commit a crime, a four-year felony.