Status hearing set for Worth

OKANOGAN – A status conference is set for May 15 for the man accused of shooting a gun at Brewster businessman Cass Gebbers in September 2016.

During a recent Okanogan County Superior Court hearing, Mark Reynolds Worth’s attorney, Melissa MacDougall, told the court Worth has rejected a plea offer from the state.

Worth previously filed a document seeking change of venue and making various requests for the discovery process.

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.

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.

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.

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