The man accused of harassing an elderly Olympia couple over the past two years and who was arrested early yesterday morning could not be arraigned on that case yesterday after he pointed out a potential conflict of interest to the judge, who promptly recused himself.
That stretched out the matter for an additional day. The recording of the brief hearing is below this story.
Brought before the court yesterday afternoon, Petrozzi asked Judge Howser to recuse himself from the case., stating that Howser had a conflict of interest, as Howser formerly represented Petrozzi’s deceased inlaws in Petrozzi’s child custody hearing.
Judge Howser recused himself from the matter, and the court scheduled Thurston County Superior Court Commissioner Paul Wohl to hold the arraignment of Petrozzi today instead.
Court Commissioner Wohl established probable cause of criminal trespass in a separate outstanding matter concerning Intercity Transit at their downtown bus terminal on July 9, 2020, and also established two no-contact orders for the elderly couple who Petrozzi has been accused of repeatedly.
Petrozzi interrupted the court several times today, stating that he was serving the couple with legal documents concerning a U.S. Supreme Court matter in which he said they were involved.
The Olympia prosecutor mentioned that Petrozzi had threatened a Thurston County Superior Court Judge in 2014. There is an active restraining order against Petrozzi in that case.
Court Commissioner Wohl set bail of the criminal trespass case for $1,000 and bail for the harassment case at $25,000. Petrozzi told the court that he did not expect to make bail.
In filing a not-guilty plea for the criminal trespass charge against Intercity Transit, Petrozzi told the court that he was unemployed, and wanted to have the assistance of counsel through the city’s public defenders office but not be fully represented in the matter.
Wohl set a full arrangement hearing of Petrozzi on the harassment charges of the elderly couple for Monday, April 19, 2021.
Recording of Olympia Municipal Court hearing April 15, 2021 in which Judge Skip Howser recuses himself in a case against Timothy Petrozzi.