CASPER, Wyo. — A Wyoming man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Natrona County District Court to charges alleging he dealt in stolen goods, including trucks.
James Walsh, 35, entered his pleas to eight felony counts of wrongful taking or disposing of property and one misdemeanor count of the same charge.
The defendant spoke only to answer procedural questions and enter his pleas.
A man named Dudes Adams tried to stop the person who stole his truck by jumping into the back and kicking out the window, Adams' girlfriend said.
Public defender Joseph Cole asked Judge Thomas Sullins to waive the reading of charges in open court, but Sullins said that would run afoul of case law passed down in a prior decision by the Wyoming Supreme Court.
Charges in the case allege that Walsh bought, received, concealed or disposed of stolen goods, including two 1999 Dodge pickups, a 2004 Dodge Ram, a 2005 Dodge Ram, a John Deere tractor, a 24-foot trailer, a 16-foot trailer and a 1980 International semi-truck. Prosecutors also allege in the misdemeanor charge he stole oxygen and acetylene bottles.
Walsh remained free Tuesday morning on a $25,000 surety bond.
A man suspected in a Wednesday afternoon stabbing has been charged in a high-speed chase later that day that ended near downtown Billings.
His trial is scheduled for April 16.