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Hightman’s jury trial will begin April 3

Nathan Hightman's jury trial will begin at 9 a.m. April 3.

Campbell County Courthouse

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Missing Gillette resident Irene Gakwa’s fiancé is due back in court in early April, according to Campbell County court documents.

Nathan Hightman’s jury trial will begin at 9 a.m. April 3, the documents said. It will be a 10-day, stacked trial before Judge James Causey.

Hightman is charged with five felonies: two counts of theft, one count of unlawful use of a credit card and two counts of crimes against intellectual property.

Both Hightman’s defense attorney, Dallas Lamb, and Campbell County Attorney Nathan Henkes said in the pre-trial Jan. 4 that they anticipate the trial will last 10 days, and they would like the trial to not be stacked with other cases’ trials. Causey said the court’s docket is full, there are other cases that take precedence and it wants to ensure family and witnesses for Hightman’s trial who reside out of state are able to attend.

The state’s list of witnesses includes 34 people. Thirteen Gillette Police Department personnel are on the list. Other witnesses include representatives of Zelle, Amazon, Charter Communications, Google, Idaho Central Credit Union, Capital One and T-Mobile.