Two peninsula area men were arrested in connection with a string of robberies of motels and convenience store which occurred up and down the peninsula this past June. This case will go to court Sept. 20 for the setting of dates.
The two men are Darrell Batie and Parsha Floyd, they are both in custody and are being held on $250,000 bail. Both men have been in jail since their arrests on June 22.
According to Batie's defense attorney, Juris Dumpis, Batie is insisting on a speedy trial because he says he is not responsible for the robberies.
The prosecution maintains that the two men are responsible for a series of robberies including the robbery of a seven eleven and a Night's Rest Inn in San Bruno, a La Quinta in South San Francisco and several other locations in San Mateo, Burlingame and Milbrae.
Batie will plea not-guilty to all charges.
Dumpis said the evidence against his client is identification by victims based on a photographic line-up, but the identifications are not 100 percent. He said none of the victims are completely certain. Dumpis also said the prosecution claims there is a similarity between images captured on the video tape and Batie and Floyd. "They say the image depicts my client, but that is open for considerable debate," Dumpis said. "The images are not very clear."
The victims claim the perpetrators are two suspects in there 20's or 30's. Batie is 53 years old.
"My client is claiming that he is absolutely not guilty, and that he was not involved in any of these incidents," Dumpis said. Batie claims it is a case of mistaken identity.
Dumpis believes that once the jury hears and sees all the evidence they will have to come back with a not-guilty verdict for Batie.
Floyd's attorney, Eric Safire, represented him in the preliminary hearings and Floyd is trying to work out an arrangement for Safire to represent him for the remainder of the case.
The prosecution was unavailable for comment.