Preliminary conference for a 16-year-old charged with second-degree murder in the Dec. 2 stabbing/beating death of an Ardmore man has been continued for the second time.
Carter County District Court records indicate conferences, intended to decide if David Gonzalez and his co-defendant, Christopher Banks would exercise their rights to preliminary hearings, were originally set for Jan. 7.  That date was reset for Jan. 21. Banks’ conference was conducted Jan. 21. The result? The announcement the 18-year-old wants his preliminary hearing.  
But no decision was announced for Gonzalez because there was no hearing. Instead the proceedings were derailed a second time by a continuance request. Now Gonzalez is expected to appear for conference Feb. 18. Just six days before Banks’ preliminary hearing .
Gonzalez and Banks are charged jointly with the slaying of 32-year-old Scotty Hennesey at a West Main Street residence. First Assistant District Attorney Heather Cooper filed the charge that accused the duo of killing Hennesey “... by hitting, punching and stabbing”  the victim while they were “engaged in committing the crime, of aggravated assault and battery.”
Cooper said Gonzalez was automatically charged as an adult because he was, “...previously certified to stand trial as an adult stemming from drug related felony charges in which he pled guilty in September ...”
Banks also faces a revocation.
“The state also filed a motion to revoke Banks’ previous conviction of Accessory After the Fact,” Cooper said.
Banks faced that charge in the 2013 stabbing of Yoshikazu “Yoshi” Hirashawa during a robbery at a Rockford Road convenience store.
Both teenagers are detained at the Carter County Detention Center pending the posting of $1 million bonds.