Robbery suspect could be a suspect in future trials

Seventeen-year-old Anthony President of Kansas City is among more than half a dozen people suspected of invading a mobile home in apache flats last October.

"Mr. President wishes to waive formal arraignment and enter a plea of not guilty at this time, Defense Counsel Tony Manansala said.

During the incident, one of the intruders was shot to death.

Investigators said an occupant of the home pulled the trigger, but the prosecutor filed murder charges on all of the perpetrators under the felony murder rule. He subsequently dropped the murder charge against President.

"I cannot comment on specifics of this particular case, but their many times are reasons for charges to get amended up or down as the process goes forward, Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson said.

Most courthouse observers assume Richardson has dropped the murder charge in exchange for testimony from President.

Richardson refused to confirm that, but did not disabuse us of the idea.

"Sometimes, having witnesses available to present that case in court will necessitate a review of the charges, Richardson said.

Cole County Judge Paul Wilson Monday morning set an April 14 trial date for President.

If President is to be a witness, it would not be surprising for a continuance of the April date to be granted, pending his appearance in other trials