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Convenience store robbery, nursing home theft cases both set for January

FARMINGTON — The man who was found guilty of robbing and attempting to rob the Hoosier Daddy’s liquor store could go to trial in January in connection with the robberies at a local motel and convenience store.

On Friday, Mark Weedman’s trial was scheduled for Jan. 7 before Circuit Court Judge Sandy Martinez for the pending two counts of robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.

He has been charged as a prior and persistent offender and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison on each of the charges. He is already serving three life terms in prison.

The pending charges allege Weedman, 46, robbed the Super 8 Motel in Bonne Terre on June 27, 2006, and robbed the 7-Eleven in Desloge on March 20, 2006.

Last August, a jury found him guilty of first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and attempted robbery for robbing the Hoosier Daddy’s liquor store in Desloge on April 18, 2006, and going back July 2, 2006, to try to rob it again.

Despite Weedman’s insistence throughout trial that he was innocent, Judge Martinez sentenced Weedman to three life terms in prison.

Weedman is the second person on the calendar for trial before Judge Martinez that day. Scheduled before him is Kathy A. Zahn Chapman, 29, of Bismarck, who is charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and two counts of misdemeanor elder abuse.

Chapman is accused of stealing three rings from the hands of two patients of a nursing home where she worked. The charges allege she physically removed the rings off the women’s fingers.

If Chapman’s trial goes, Weedman’s trial will have to be scheduled for a later date. Both are being represented by Public Defenders Office.

Teresa Ressel is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 179 or at

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