Arraignments set for shoot-out suspects

Arraignment hearings have been scheduled for two Craig men accused of robbing a Wyoming bar and shooting at police officers in December 2006.

The defendants -- Paul Martin Howell, 29, and Michael Garren, 19 -- are represented by public defenders and could enter a plea during their upcoming hearings.

Howell and Garren are charged with accessory and/or adding and abetting, conspiracy to commit murder, aiding and abetting a robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and five counts of attempted murder.

Howell is scheduled to appear in Natrona County District Court at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 24. Garren's arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 1.

Howell and Garren were two of six suspects arrested in late November in Casper after they allegedly robbed a bar and then traded gunfire with police while trying to escape. They were allegedly with four other Craig residents -- teen-agers James Gore, 17, Daniel Merwin, 16, Steven Liljedahl, 16, and Johnathan Milligan, 16.

Each of the juveniles faces charges in the case as well.

The six also are suspects in a rash of burglaries at various Moffat County businesses from Nov. 20 to 29.

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