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3 PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO S.L. ROBBERIES

Three of the four so-called "preppy bandits" accused of a series of armed robberies in Salt Lake City pleaded not guilty to the charges against them during their arraignment in 3rd District Court Friday.

Adam Galli, 23, faces five counts of aggravated robbery, and Chris Galli, 17, faces three counts of aggravated robbery. Both will have pre-trial hearings before Judge James Sawaya Oct. 26. Their trial dates have been set for Oct. 29.Nathan Galli, 19, faces four counts of aggravated robbery. His pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 8 before Judge Glenn Iwasaki, but no trial date has been set.

Investigators say the three cousins, along with another cousin, Aaron Galli, 22, spent hours planning and executing nearly 30 robberies in Salt Lake and Summit counties between September 1991 and June 1992.

Police also have named Adam Galli as a suspect in the murder of Merritt Riordan, who was shot and killed by burglars May 17 at the Green Parrot Cafe in downtown Salt Lake City.

Aaron Galli also was booked for investigation when he was first arrested June 11.

No homicide charges have been filed, however, because the Salt Lake County attorney's office does not believe it has enough evidence to charge anyone.