Trial date set for Whitcomb on federal gun charges

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

RUTLAND — The dates for Richard Whitcomb’s jury trial in federal court on firearms-related charges have been set.

Whitcomb, 40, of White River Junction, is slated for jury draw on Oct. 22, with the trial commencing immediately after and running through Oct. 24. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Rutland, according to court documents.

Whitcomb has pleaded not guilty to two federal firearms charges. One count charges Whitcomb for the unlawful possession of a .32-caliber semi-automatic pistol as a convicted felon in January 2018. The second felony count charges Whitcomb with carrying and using the .32-caliber pistol as collateral in a cocaine deal with Austin Colson in January 2018.

Colson, of South Royalton, went missing in January of that year. He was found dead from gunshot wounds in a barn in May 2018.

Whitcomb has been identified as a suspect in Colson’s disappearance, but no one has been charged.

Chief Judge Geoffrey Crawford will hear the case in federal court.