Last Modified: Friday, June 01, 2012 11:02 AM
A Lake Charles man accused of participating in gang activity has had his trial postponed for a third time.
Jay Don Rubin is to stand trial Nov. 5 for his alleged involvement in the “No Witnesses No Evidence” gang.
Rubin is charged with two counts of participating in a criminal street gang, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of armed robbery with a firearm, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, racketeering, two counts of assault by drive-by shooting and aggravated battery.
Rubin, who is being held without bail at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, was to stand trial in November, then January and then Tuesday. He has two previous felony convictions for drug possession.
Judge David Ritchie said that based on comments Rubin made Tuesday in court, he wanted to make absolutely sure that Rubin understood the scope of the charges against him.
Prosecutor David Palay said he wanted to make sure it was noted that the continuance was done for the benefit of Rubin and not the District Attorney’s Office.
James Lee Burks III, believed to be the founder of the gang, was convicted on 14 counts in June 2011, including three counts of armed robbery and one count of involvement with a criminal street gang.
Burks was said during his trial to have organized the gang, also called “NWNE.”