Return to rehab program a second chance for defendant

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Courtrooms are places where second and third chances share the stage with chances that have all but expired.

That was the case Nov. 20 for Monique Welker, a Richmond woman charged with possession of marijuana, a C Felony, and drug paraphernalia, an A Misdemeanor.

Through her attorney, Public Defender Melinda Troeger, Welker requested and was granted a reduced bond so she could return to a treatment program at Recovery Lighthouse in Lafayette County. The defendant maintained a plea of not guilty and waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

Welker will be arraigned in Division 3 – Judge David Miller’s court – at 9 a.m. Dec. 12.

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