Seven Occupy Charleston protesters defer cases, while two head to trial

Occupy Charleston protesters Noah Hilliard, Adrianna Varevi, Matthew Rabon and Ramon Caraballo talk to media outside the City of Charleston Municipal Complex after a court appearance Tuesday morning, Jan. 3, 2012.

Two of the 10 Occupy Charleston protesters arrested in late November on trespassing charges plan to take their cases to trial.

At a hearing in Charleston municipal court Monday, Ramon Caraballo and Justin Honea chose to move forward with their cases. Seven other protesters chose to defer their cases, meaning the charges go away if they avoid any legal trouble for six months from the time of their arrests.

The 10th protester in the case, Tyreece Washington, was granted a continuance.

After the hearing Caraballo said he wanted to go to trial because he plans to continue his efforts with the movement. "If they arrest me again, it's going to come back to this," he said. A trial date has not been set.

Adrianna Varedi, one of the seven protesters who chose to defer the charge, said she saw her choice as the best way to save more time for Occupy efforts. "This way I won't be bogged down with court," she said.

Read more in Wednesday's editions of The Post and Courier.