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Date of Issue: June 23, 2010

Trial for home-invasion suspects scheduled

The trial of two men accused of the April 2008 home invasion and beating of former Anna Maria Commissioner Linda Cramer is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. June 28, according to the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court website.

The incident took place at the home of Joe Pandolph of Crescent Drive in Anna Maria. But the trial has been delayed seven times previously and it is unknown if another postponement will occur this week.

Defendants Christopher Drescher and Michael Gambuzza are charged with one count each of home invasion and robbery. Both men have entered not guilty pleas to the charges, and Gambuzza has requested he be allowed to act as co-counsel in his defense.

The two are both in the Manatee County Jail on bond of $175,000 each.