BELTON — The trial date for Marvin Louis Guy, accused of four capital felonies, will be changed after his defense team on Thursday requested a delay for medical reasons.
Guy, 55, is accused of fatally shooting KPD SWAT Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie and injuring three other officers on May 9, 2014, when police served a no-knock warrant at Guy’s home on Circle M Drive.
Dinwiddie died in a hospital two days later. Guy, a suspected drug dealer, has said that he did not know it was police officers who were entering the apartment and that he fired in self-defense during the 5 a.m. raid.
Guy is facing the death penalty and remains in the Bell County Jail on bonds totaling $4 million on four capital felonies, including capital murder of a peace officer.
More of the hearing on Thursday took place in Judge John Gauntt’s chambers than in the 27th Judicial District Court’s courtroom. The five attorneys — defense attorneys Carlos Garcia and Anthony Smith; and state prosecutors District Attorney Henry Garza, First Assistant District Attorney Paul McWilliams and Assistant District Attorney Fred Burns — had two separate meetings in the judge’s chambers. One meeting lasted almost 10 minutes and the other around 15 minutes.
After the meetings, and with Guy present at the bench with the group of attorneys, Garcia told Gauntt that he had filed a “motion for medical continuance” after Guy met with a neurosurgeon at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
Gauntt asked Guy if he agreed to the continuance and Guy could be heard saying, “I might not be here much longer.”
Guy has been appearing in court in a wheelchair since last December.
The judge granted the motion and another status hearing was set for Jan. 14.
Garcia said the surgery will delay the trial date. At a hearing in September, attorneys had agreed on a trial date of March 23, 2020, with jury selection to begin in January.
Attorneys are barred from speaking about the case, aside from courtroom hearings that are public, because of a gag order imposed by Gauntt in 2015.
Guy originally had a trial date set for March 2016, which was nixed because Garcia had just been appointed to the case, and he was asking for more evidence in the case. In 2017, attorneys and the court set jury selection to begin in January 2018, but that date was also canceled.