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Trial set for September 25, 2023
Louis Whitaker (whose real name is Wyatt C. Maxwell) appeared before Magistrate Judge Jill A. Morris on March 27 and entered a plea of “not guilty” while standing with his court-appointed attorney Chelsea Wilson.
The seven minute appearance before the judge was to enter a plea and set the initial court hearings for trial. This case was set for trial on 5/1/2023 with a pretrial conference on 4/12/2023 but Whitaker’s attorney asked for more time, which the judge granted and reset the trial dates to 9/25/2023 trial docket, pretrial conference on 9/6/2023, and pretrial motion deadline is 6/5/2023.
“Defendant advises he has a copy of the Indictment, understands the charges, penalties and his rights; waives formal reading of the Indictment and enters a plea of not guilty. This is a voluntary discovery case. Government will provide Defense Counsel with discovery status update,” indicates the minutes from the hearing.
Whitaker (Maxwell) was charged with five counts that all involve child pornography, the making or selling and the transportation of a minor for the purposes of making pornography. If convicted on all five counts, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
He was detained in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Feb. 14 and deported to Santa Anna, CA. He was moved from there to a Federal prison in March in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was recently moved to appear before the court in Kansas City, Missouri.
The charges against him include actions between July 31, 2020 and Feb. 1, 2021 that he engaged with a minor to produce porn. Another incident on Dec. 8, 2020, Jan. 24, 2021, Jan. 27, 2021 and Feb. 3, 2021.
At a detention hearing in California on Feb. 16, 2023, the court ordered that Whitaker be permanently detained without bail. He was then turned back over to the US Marshal for future transport to be held to answer the charges in the court in the Western District of Missouri.