Home invasion trial delayed

Published 1:26 pm Thursday, October 13, 2016

The trial of two men accused of an April 18 home invasion has been continued until Jan. 31, according to Charlotte County Circuit Court online records.

Trials were set for 9:30 a.m. O ct. 5 at the Charlotte County Courthouse for William Harris, of Chester, and Alex Roberts, of Drakes Branch. The two men face charges of robbery and the possession of transportation of a firearm of a convicted felon. Harris faces an additional charge on use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and robbery; Roberts on use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

William Harris

William Harris

The alleged home invasion took place on Staunton Hill Road in Aspen. According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at the time, the two fled the scene in a vehicle, which was met by deputies in the Phenix area. The two men then fled on foot.

Deputies later arrested Roberts at St. Louis Baptist Church while Roberts turned himself in.

At the time, the sheriff’s office said the men had two guns and took $50 cash and marijuana from the home.

Charlotte County Commonwealth’s Attorney William E. Green Jr. said the trial was moved to January because because of the defendants’ request to have the case heard by a jury.