Hearing For Man Charged In Murder Case Continued


Another status conference hearing was held in the case of 35-year-old Thomas Georgatos Monday.

Georgatos is one of the men accused in the killing of Roger Patrick Watson, who was found burned in the trunk of a car on Cracker Jack Mine Road on Feb. 20 of this year.

Michael B. Bernays, attorney for Georgatos, asked Judge Peter S. Cahill to set another hearing for Sep. 24, to which Cahill agreed.

Cahill speculated about possibly setting the hearing in Globe, but since Georgatos is being held here, he chose to set it for Payson.

The purpose of a status hearing is for the judge, prosecution and defending attorneys to meet and review the status of a case and determine if any action needs to be taken.

In the case against Georgatos, no further action besides setting another status conference hearing date was deemed necessary.

Georgatos is charged in the killing of Watson along with two other suspects, William Sweatt and Scott McGeough.

Sweatt and McGeough are being held in the Globe jail.

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said, "McGeough already has a trial date set for Nov. 14 of this year in Globe on charges of accomplice to homicide."

A case management hearing is scheduled for Sweatt on Sept. 24 in Globe.

No trial dates have been selected in the case against Sweatt, who is also charged as an accomplice in Watson's death.

Flores is the prosecuting attorney for Gila County in the case against Georgatos.

Flores said Georgatos is set for trial on Jan. 30, 2008 on charges of sexual conduct with a minor.

The homicide trial against Georgatos is set for Feb. 27, 2008.

Flores said juries will be selected in Globe and that his trial will probably also be held there.

Final choice of the location for Georgatos' trial is at the discretion of Judge Cahill.

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