BENTON - James Gary Roberts has been indicted by a Marshall County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree wanton endangerment, first–degree criminal mischief, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery.
Roberts appeared in court last week for a preliminary hearing, represented by his attorney James Burkeen, where evidence in the case was presented by the county attorney’s office.
Testimony given by Detective Dan Melone indicated Roberts had signed a confession and gave a written statement as to the accounts regarding the incident.
Roberts is accused of entering a home on Benton-Briensburg Rd. June 22, where he allegedly demanded money, fired a shot into the victim's television and then assaulted her with the weapon.
Last week, Melone testified a handgun, matching the description of the one used during the robbery, had been found in Robert’s vehicle. Melone also told the court clothing matching the description of those worn during the robbery were found burned at the residence Roberts is believed to have traveled to after the incident.
Presenting further evidence in the case, Melone stated the victim had picked Roberts out of a photo lineup.
Following testimony, the judge ruled there was enough evidence to bind the case over to the grand jury, which handed down an indictment today.