CANYON CITY - Ruby Ann Geist and her husband, Jeffrey Cletus Geist, the former Monument couple charged in connection with an alleged methamphetamine manufacturing operation, entered pleas of innocent before Judge William Cramer Jr. in Grant County Circuit Court on Tuesday, March 4.

The couple were arrested in December 2002 and face numerous felony charges in both Grant and Deschutes counties, including delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, manufacture/delivery of a schedule-2 controlled substance, possession of a schedule-2 controlled substance and possession of a precursor substance.

Defense attorney Gordon Mallon from Burns, who is representing Ruby Geist, told Cramer that Mallon's office just had received discovery information from Grant County District Attorney Lee Carter on Monday, March 3. Although he had a chance to review the information, he had not had the opportunity to discuss the information with his client, Mallon said.

As a result, Cramer set a tentative court date for Ruby Geist of March 18 for a potential change of plea after Mallon has the chance to discuss the case with his client and contact Carter regarding a possible plea-agreement.

If an agreement cannot be worked out, trial is set for April 7.

Speaking for his client, Jeffrey Geist, defense attorney Mike Kilpatrick of Mt. Vernon also entered a "not guilty" plea for his client and said he also had some discovery issues which needed to be resolved.

Kilpatrick said motions on discovery issues related to the case dealt more with the charges pending in Deschutes County than they did with the ones in Grant County, but there were still several issues which needed to be resolved.

Cramer said he would grant Kilpatrick 10 days to file his motions with the court.

The trial date for Jeffrey Geist is also set for April 7.

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