Mount Shasta councilmember Katrina Howard appeared at a preliminary hearing at the Siskiyou County Court on Tuesday, during which Assistant DA Christine Winte filed an additional weapons charge against her and her co-defendant, Jules Unger.
Howard spent a week in the Siskiyou County Jail following her Jan. 14 arrest and was released from custody last Wednesday evening after an out-of-state relative transferred money to Holly Bail Bonds for her bail. Although the funds had been available earlier in the week, the process of verifying its source was a long process that Howard’s attorney, John Lawrence, worked on for two days.
After Judge Davis was satisfied as to the money’s source, Howard was released on her own recognizance. Unger was also bailed out by Holly Bail Bonds that same evening. Both were ordered to appear in court on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
By 8:30 a.m. yesterday, the halls of the courthouse were buzzing. Howard and Unger were among the 20 people scheduled for arraignment. They appeared calm as they waited for the proceedings to begin. After many other lengthy proceedings in several other cases, Howard and Unger’s case was called.
The new charge filed against Howard, possession of marijuana for sale with the special allegation of being armed with a firearm, was added to the previously filed charges of possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a place where marajuana is processed and sold.
Lawrence and Unger’s court-appointed counselor Michael Wells asked that the hearing be adjourned until a later date, in order for them to review the new information and further prepare for trial.
Judge Davis granted the request and ordered Howard and Unger to be present at the court for a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 9 a.m. for further proceedings.