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Dave Roepke, Published September 23 2010

Fargo robbery suspect wants judge to throw out evidence

FARGO - Two weeks before he’s set to stand trial on Oct. 5 for one of four robberies police suspect he pulled, 21-year-old LaSamuel Richardson is arguing to have some of the evidence against him thrown out.

Richardson is charged in an armed robbery on July 23, 2007, at a Fargo Kum & Go at 2501 23rd Ave. S.

In a hearing in Cass County District Court on Thursday, Richardson’s lawyers argued that admissions he allegedly made to his girlfriend and a gun found on him when he was arrested Sept. 2, 2007, in a separate case should be withheld from jurors.

Defense attorney Lorelle Moeckel is also seeking a dismissal on the grounds that testimony by two getaway drivers who say they helped Richardson in the Kum & Go robbery isn’t backed up by any corroborating evidence, as re-quired by law.

Judge Wickham Corwin said he’ll rule on the evidence issues by early next week, but he offered an unsubtle hint on his impending decision concerning a dismissal.

“I’d advise both of you to continue to prepare for trial because that’s the way I’m leaning now,” he said.

Read more Friday in The Forum.