The second teenager charged with the December stabbing/beating death of Scotty Hennesy has waived his rights to a preliminary hearing in Carter County District Court.
Court records show 17-year-old David Gonzalez appeared with his attorney Melanie Blackburn before Special District Judge Carson Brooks for preliminary conference April 14. Gonzalez who was 16 at the time of the slaying announced he was agreeable to moving the case forward. Formal arraignment was set for June 15.
Gonzalez, Ardmore, is charged along with Christopher Banks, Milo, with second-degree murder as the result of aggravated assault and battery that occurred Dec. 1 at a West Main Street residence. Banks, who spent his 19th birthday at his preliminary hearing March 29, was bound over for trial. His arraignment is set for May 25.
Both teenagers are charged jointly in causing Hennesy’s death, “… by hitting, punching and stabbing” the victim multiple times while they were “engaged in committing the crime, of aggravated assault and battery.” Both automatically faced the charge as adults. Gonzalez had previously been certified as an adult having pleaded guilty in a felony drug case. Banks had pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact in the 2013 stabbing of Yoshikazu “Yoshi” Hirashawa during a robbery at a Rockford Road convenience store.
If convicted Gonzalez faces a prison sentence of 10 years to life.
However, Banks faces a motion to revoke his previous deferred sentence in the Hirashawa case and if convicted faces 20 years to life in prison.
Both teenagers remain detained in the Carter County Detention Center pending the posting of $1 million bonds.