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Plea hearing postponed in She’s A Pistol case

August 27, 2015

A Thursday afternoon plea hearing for one of the defendants charged with killing Jon Bieker during the robbery of She's A Pistol in January was postponed until September.

DeAnthony Wiley, 20, is still expected to plead guilty to first-degree felony murder, but his defense attorney said they needed more time to review sentencing documents. His attorneys have said that he will plead guilty and acknowledge his role in the robbery but is not admitting that he is the gunman that killed Bieker. His plea agreement was rescheduled for Sept. 18.

Wiley was the first of four suspects to enter the store on Jan. 9, and prosecutors say he was pretending to buy a gun from the store's owner, Jon Bieker's wife, Becky, when the violence erupted.

She credits her husband with saving her life during the incident. Jon Bieker was shot several times during the robbery after one of the suspects hit Becky Bieker in the face, prosecutors say. Three of the suspects, including Wiley, were also shot.

"Justice is served," Bieker said when she heard about Wiley's intentions to plead guilty.

Wiley, who now uses a wheelchair, told the judge at a previous preliminary hearing that he understood he was waiving his rights to a trial by entering into a plea agreement. His attorney told the court that they "want to spare the court's resources and spare the witnesses from reliving the traumatic events in court.”

Londro Patterson, 20; Hakeem Malik, 18; and Nicquan Midgyett, 19, all face identical charges of felony first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated robbery and aggravated battery. Each of them will face trial at a later date.

Surveillance video from the shooting shows that at one point, two of the defendants held Becky Bieker at gunpoint and demanded that she give them guns, prosecutors say.

She was then hit in the nose and fell to the floor, according to her testimony. Prosecutors say that’s when her husband emerged from the business’ office to protect her, and a firefight ensued. Becky Bieker has decided not to cosmetically fix her broken nose so that it serves as a reminder of that day.

According to court documents, three of the suspects ran out of the shop, two of them hit by gunfire. Midgyett and Malik were found shortly after at a nearby home after a woman called 911 to report someone at her back porch door. Patterson was found crawling in the store’s parking lot with multiple gunshot wound, according to police. Wiley was found inside the store laying next to Jon Bieker, who was 44.

The cases against Midgyett, Malik and Patterson will continue with scheduled motion hearings on Sept. 14.


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