Hearings held for 3 accused of murder


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Pretrial hearings were held Wednesday morning for three people charged in two high-profile murder cases in St. Johns County.

James Colley Jr. is charged in the deaths of his estranged wife, Amanda Colley, and her friend, Lindy Dobbins, at the couple's home in August 2015.

Sergio Morgan-Wideman and Andre Robinson, both 17, are accused in the May 2015 shooting of a St. Augustine convenience store clerk.

Morgan-Wideman and Robinson are charged as adults in shooting death of clerk, Malav Desai. Investigators say Morgan-Wideman killed Desai as the clerk was handing over money during an armed robbery and Robinson was the driver of the getaway car that was stopped later that day during a pursuit in Clay County.

While Morgan-Wideman did not attend Wednesday's hearing, a Dec. 5 trial date was set. Robinson will have another pretrail hearing on Dec. 1

Colley also waived his appearance at the hearing, which comes months after a motion to block the death penalty was denied.

Text messages released in court documents show that Colley was apparently unhappy about a relationship that he believed his estranged wife had with another man. One text read: "Oh, and your boyfriend has been parking at the playground and walking around the back. The whole neighborhood knows!!!!! "

Colley remains in the St. Johns County jail with no bond.


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