Usually talkative Chavez mum in court this time

Wednesday , August 13, 2014 - 11:25 AM

Standard-Examiner staff

FARMINGTON — Attorneys said a case resolution is in the works for a man who police said stole credit and debit cards in a Wasatch Front crime spree.

Anthony Joseph Chavez, 48, appeared in 2nd District Court on Wednesday and did not say a word. Chavez, at past hearings, has been vocal about what direction he wanted to go with his case.

A hearing for Chavez to possibly take a plea on charges is scheduled for Aug. 27. 

Judge David Hamilton recently removed Todd Utzinger as Chavez’s public defender and appointed Rich Gallegos. However, Chavez wanted  to represent himself .

Chavez and co-defendant Jamie Adele Lucero, 37, face an array of charges related to what prosecutors say was a fraud spree throughout the region. 

The two were arrested earlier this year after a Layton woman called, saying her purse had been stolen out of her car parked inside her garage. Text messages from her financial institution disclosed where her credit cards were being used, which led to the couple’s arrest at a Layton convenience store. 

Chavez is in the Davis County Jail, held on $25,000 bail. Lucero is held without bail. Both are also facing multiple charges in 4th District Court for several cases that involve the use of others’ credit and debit cards.

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