Standoff cases continued

Published 12:37 am Friday, September 30, 2011

Court cases stemming from a June 15 standoff with law-enforcement officers in Washington have been continued.

The date for the cases to return to court had not been determined by early Thursday afternoon.

The cases of Joseph Gary Gautier, 34, of 320 E. 12th St., and Joseph Carter Leary (who’s related to Gautier), of 326 E. 12th St., were scheduled to be heard before District Court Judge Michael Paul at the Beaufort County Courthouse on Thursday.

Asked if the state, defense or both sought the continuance, Assistant District Attorney Ray Cameron declined to comment.

The standoff ended peacefully, with Gautier taken into custody and transported to Beaufort County Medical Center for evaluation. On June 21, Gautier was arrested and charged with making a false bomb report (a felony), discharging a firearm in the city limits and communicating threats. He was placed in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $250,000 bond, but later he was released after posting bail.

During the standoff, Leary was taken away in a marked car belonging to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Leary was charged with resisting a public officer and detained in the Beaufort County Detention Center that afternoon, according to an officer there. Leary was released from the jail by the afternoon of June 16.