Trial delayed again for burglary suspect <BR>

The trial of a Kingman man charged with more than two dozen storage shed burglaries was postponed again Monday

Robert C.

Robledo faces 42 counts of third-degree burglary, one count of first-degree burglary, four counts of theft, two counts of trafficking in stolen property and one count of aggravated assault in rash of storage unit burglaries during 2000.

Also during Monday's hearing in Mohave County Superior Court, Robledo, 46, waived his right to counsel, preferring to represent himself at his trial, which has been rescheduled for March 18.

Judge Steven Conn granted the request but not without warnings.

Conn released Flagstaff attorney Mike Hruby from being Robledo's counsel but assigned Hruby to be an advisory counsel for Robledo's protection as well as the court's in case Robledo changes his mind.

Conn had denied Robledo's previous request for a new attorney.

Conn warned Robledo that he would not know the procedures of a trial, what is admissible in court, or how to file the required paperwork.

Robledo also would have limited legal research resources and negotiating power.

Conn also said Robledo would need to be objective in the case, something that a defendant would find difficult to do.

Robledo also would not be entitled to reinterview witnesses that Hruby already has interviewed or file an appeal if he were convicted, Conn added.

Robledo's wife and co-defendant, Julie Robledo, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of third-degree burglary.

She was sentenced in April to 2 1/2 years in prison for her role in the storage-shed burglaries.

The Robledos were arrested January 2002 charged with burglarizing 29 storage sheds in the Kingman area between September 2000 and January 2001.

The total value of the items stolen was $20,000.

Some of the items were recovered at the Robledos' residence and in their storage unit and vehicles, according to police records.