WILKES-BARRE — A trial scheduled to be held this week for five state prison inmates charged with causing a riot at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas in 2010 will be held sometime later this year.
The five men appeared before Luzerne County Judge Lesa Gelb. They were scheduled to stand trial in the case in which police said the men covered and tied their cell doors and had to be removed from their cells in the prison’s restrictive housing unit.
But, after a delay regarding the inmates files not being available to them at the courthouse, the five men — whose trials were to be held collectively — asked for individual trials.
Gelb scheduled a pretrial hearing for September for matters to be discussed before a trial date is set.
Derrick Stanley, 43, Anthony Locke, 34, Andre Jacobs, 31, Carrington Keys, 32, and Duane Peters, 41, claim they were being retaliated against after civil complaints and complaints with several other agencies were filed against several corrections officers. They said they attempted to get the attention of prison guards to talk about the injustices they were receiving.
Stanley, Locke, Jacobs and Keys represent themselves in the case with the assistance of stand-by counsel.
Last week, prosecutors in the case filed court papers requesting that any evidence, including videos, of cell extractions of the men not be used in the trial because the evidence is “inadmissible because it is irrelevant.”
Assistant district attorneys Jim McMonagle and Tom Hogans also asked that the men be precluded from presenting a “justification defense” or that their actions “served a legitimate purpose.”
The prosecutors also asked that previous testimony of Jacobs, Peters and Keys be used at the time of the trial.