Preliminary Hearings Adjourned for Suspects in Coleman Marijuana Grow House Case

September 19th, 2023 Legal & Crime
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Hearings for five out of the six men accused in the July 16th break-in at a Coleman marijuana grow house have been postponed. One of the suspects, Addiel Torres, 49, was shot during the alleged burglary. The hearings, originally scheduled for September 18th in Midland County District Court, will be rescheduled due to the number of defendants and a language barrier. Midland County Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks anticipates needing up to eight interpreters over the five-day hearing duration.

The suspects include:

  • Addiel Torres, 49 (shot during the incident)
  • Roberto Padron-Alvarez, 44 (the only fluent English speaker among the five)
  • Yoany Alvarez-Antuna, 40
  • Yuan Biart-Gonzalez, 38
  • Jorge Acosta, 56

All are slated to appear in district court for their preliminary hearings.

Meanwhile, Andy Gomez-Niebla, 37, has waived his preliminary hearing and will have a final pretrial conference at 8:30 a.m. on October 24th in Midland County Circuit Court.

Charges include:

  • Torres is accused of multiple charges, including assault with intent to murder and is held on a $3 million bond.
  • Biart-Gonzalez faces charges like conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and is in the Midland County Jail on a $2 million bond.
  • Niebla, Padron-Alvarez, Alvarez-Antuna, and Acosta each face four felony charges and are held on $1 million bonds.

The origins of some suspects trace back to Michigan, while others reportedly hail from Florida and Colorado. Determining the true identity of some has been challenging due to their use of aliases.

The incident on July 16th saw a response from Midland County Sheriff's deputies after reports of a break-in with shots fired. Torres was reportedly shot by a resident. Sheriff Myron Greene acknowledged the collaborative efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies in apprehending all six men swiftly.

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