Willis' trial on wire fraud delayed until April

The Daily Times staff
Bobby Willis

FARMINGTON — A federal court judge has ordered that the trial for Bobby Willis on wire fraud charges will be delayed until April 11.

Willis' attorney, Todd Hotchkiss, requested in an unopposed motion filed in the U.S. District Court on Dec. 22 that the trial — scheduled to begin on Jan. 11 — be delayed due to a prior scheduling conflict and the voluminous amount of evidence that needed to be reviewed. The judge delayed the trial in an order on Thursday.

Willis, 43, is charged in federal court with two counts of wire fraud on allegations he stole a nearly $1 million investment from Joseph and Theresa Lee.

Willis entered a not guilty plea to the charges at an arraignment on Nov. 4.

Per the judge's orders, Willis will have until March 28 to change that plea.

Willis is further accused in state court of multiple counts of fraud and embezzlement on allegations he swindled two other investors and stole money in 2012 from his former business, New Mexico Title Co.

That case is set to go to trial in McKinley County on March 22.