BOLDER — Two men accused of selling methamphetamine and torturing other drug users will stand trial on at least 18 felony charges each, a Boulder district judge ruled Tuesday.
After hearing three days of testimony, Judge Carol Glowinsky decided there was enough evidence against William Norem and Dustin Anglesey for their cases to proceed.
Anglesey, 31, and Norem, 38, are two of six people arrested in July and accused of running the Brotherhood, an organization police said wanted to control methamphetamine sales in Longmont. A seventh person was charged in August.
Defense attorney Phil Miller, who represents Norem, and Jason Savela, who represents Anglesey, argued in vain that their clients could not be held accountable for the actions of their co-defendants. Miller, in particular, blamed Mario Primaveri for much of the criminal activity Norem is accused of committing.
Primaveri, who is accused of being the ringleader, was found incompetent to stand trial in August, about a month after a failed suicide attempt left him with a severe head injury. Primaveri was committed to the state mental hospital in Pueblo.
Prosecutor Katharina Booth used Norem’s own words against him, though, as she reminded the judge that Norem told detectives the Brotherhood’s purpose was to “take over Longmont.”
Savela argued that Anglesey could not be responsible for activity that occurred when he was not present. But Booth argued that Anglesey became a conspirator when he acted to maintain or promote the Brotherhood.
Glowinsky scheduled arraignments for Norem on Oct. 28 and for Anglesey on Nov. 14. Both men are charged with first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, using a stun gun, extortion, felony menacing and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.
Elizabeth McKee, 24, is scheduled for arraignment Oct. 21. Nick Delgado, 19, who faces the same charges as Norem and Anglesey, is scheduled for arraignment Nov. 2. Kevin Forest, 30, has an arraignment set for Oct. 14.
Shawntae Carlin, 17, is scheduled to appear in court today and her preliminary hearing is set for the week of Oct. 17.