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Gomez set for another hearing

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David Gomez, appearing on the video monitor, listens to Judge Tom Perkins on April 9. Gomez denied all charges against him and sought three separate trials.
Shannon Litz | The Record-Courier

Ex-felon David Gomez said he expected to retain a lawyer who would be able to appear on his behalf at a hearing Friday.

Gomez, 31, is being held in Douglas County Jail without bail on multiple charges six months after he failed to appear for a hearing.

He appeared Wednesday before East Fork Judge Tom Perkins in a video arraignment from jail.

Gomez’s most recent felony charges are ex-felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and coercion, along with multiple misdemeanor charges.

Gomez is to appear Tuesday before District Judge Tod Young, where the defendant was headed before he disappeared Oct. 1, 2013.

Gomez, free on bail at the time, was set to plead guilty to multiple charges that could mean life in prison, but he left the courthouse moments before his 9 a.m. arraignment, leaving behind his pregnant fiancée.

He was arrested March 21 in Antioch, Calif., after a police dog bit him as he attempted to elude capture.

Gomez’s older charges include trafficking in a controlled substance, being an habitual felon, and possession of a dangerous weapon.

He was arrested in May 2013, after he tried to run from deputies trying to serve a warrant for a probation violation.

When he was taken into custody, deputies reportedly found 27.9 grams of methamphetamine, empty plastic bags, a switchblade, a pay notebook and $457.

Gomez has a lengthy criminal history and multiple failures to appear.

He spent 3-1/2 years in prison before being released in November 2012.

Gomez has served two prior prison terms for selling methamphetamine, and eluding a peace officer who believed Gomez was trying to run him over with a van.

Gomez’s sister, Juana, is facing charges of aiding and abetting her brother. She is accused of providing David Gomez with a place to stay on her family property.

When deputies responded Dec. 9, 2013, to a 911 hang-up from her residence, they discovered what they believed to be her brother’s living quarters, outfitted with a surveillance system, computer and containing weapons and drug paraphernalia.

David Gomez was not there.

The charges filed against him last week allege that he battered his sister in December, and knocked her cell phone out of her hands as she attempted to call 911. He is also charged with three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia in addition to the felonies.