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Judge Charles Anderson awarded four deferred prosecution verdicts and three prayers for judgment Monday for charges filed in the Nov. 13 occupation of the vacant car dealership building on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

One defendant – Kassandra Ofray, 21, of Pittsboro – did not appear in court to answer a breaking and entering charge. Her attorney, Daniel Hatley, said neither he nor her mother has had contact with her, and they have filed a missing persons report. Anderson issued a warrant for Ofray’s arrest and set bail at $200.

More than a dozen people filled two pews for the hearings, laughing at times in response to attorney questions or witness answers. A protest planned for outside the courthouse did not happen.

The brief building takeover has divided local residents. An internal review upheld the police raid as appropriate, but a town advisory group wants an outside investigator to help compile a factual timeline of events. The Chapel Hill Town Council was expected to vote on that Monday night.

In separate hearings Monday, defendants Ellen Crawford, 23, of Richmond, Va., Eva Jones, 22, of Chapel Hill, David Maliken, 24, of Carrboro and Monica Ganguly, 29, of Chapel Hill received deferred prosecution on a single charge each of misdemeanor breaking and entering. They did not have to admit guilt, and the charge will be dismissed if they are not charged or convicted of another crime over the next year.

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