OKANOGAN – The man accused of shooting a gun at Brewster businessman Cass Gebbers in September 2016 has filed a document seeking possible change of venue and making various requests for the discovery process.
Mark Reynolds Worth, Pateros, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder-premeditated murder and drive-by shooting, which allegedly occurred Sept. 7, 2016.
Bail was set at $750,000 and a harassment no-contact order was entered Sept. 9 against Worth to protect the alleged victim, Gebbers Farms CEO John William Cascade Gebbers.
Worth entered a not guilty plea Sept. 14. He remains in jail.
He last appeared in court March 20; his hearing was continued. No trial date has been set, according to the Washington Courts online case summary.
Public defender Melissa MacDougall, who represents Worth, filed paperwork Feb. 3 seeking various actions by Superior Court.
Court Commis-sioner Pro Tem Mike Lynch signed off Feb. 6 on the requests.
The possibility of a change of venue and continuance were reserved; the court granted discovery items including statements made by everyone involved, names and addresses of witnesses and the ability to inspect all physical and documentary evidence in the state’s possession.
Worth also sought a confession hearing if the state intends to use at trial any statements made by Worth, and reserved the ability to take depositions from witnesses, secure the appearance of witnesses, inquire about pretrial release conditions and have expert services appointed.
He also made a general denial, and declined to stipulate admissibility of any prior convictions, a continuous chain of custody of physical evidence and testimony concerning any controlled substance identification. He reserved the right to interview all state’s witnesses and to call them as if they were his own.
Worth also demanded the right to be tried in civilian clothing and remain unshackled while in the presence of the jury.
At about 4 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2016, Gebbers was driving north on Old Highway 97 near Brewster when a black BMW pulled up beside him, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.
Gebbers, who was talking to his son on his cellphone, looked over and saw the driver roll down his passenger side window and fire a gun at Gebbers’ truck, Rogers said.
“He said, ‘All I saw was a gun and saw the flash,’” Rogers said.
Gebbers suffered cuts from broken grass from his driver side window, but was not hit by gunfire, Rogers said.
One bullet allegedly went through the window and struck Gebbers’ headrest – just inches from his head — and another lodged in the door pillar.
Rogers said Gebbers turned around and headed back to Brewster to report the shooting.
Gebbers identified the alleged shooter as Worth, president and managing broker at MW Real Estate in Pateros.
Gebbers told authorities his family had dealt with strange run-ins with Worth in the past, but nothing that required law enforcement, according to Rogers.
Worth was arrested in Wenatchee and later booked into the Okanogan County Jail.
Conviction of attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.
Conviction of drive-by shooting carries a prison term of up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.