ST. GEORGE — A man arrested in connection with the shooting death of a local golf course mechanic waived his right to a preliminary hearing in 5th District Court last week.

Federico Molano, 18, St. George, is charged with two second-degree felony counts of obstructing justice in the Jan. 3 killing of Ted Richard Banister. Molano is being held in Purgatory Correctional Facility on $100,000 cash-only bail and on an Immigration and Naturalization Service detainer.

Molano, who was flanked by a court-appointed interpreter and his defense attorney Monday, waived his preliminary hearing with the right to remand it, or ask for another hearing, within 30 days.

Judge G. Rand Beacham set Molano's next court appearance for 9 a.m. Feb. 14 when Molano is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges against him.

Banister, whose body was found in a maintenance building at Southgate Golf Course by a co-worker, was killed sometime after he arrived for work early that morning, police said. Six people have been arrested in connection with Banister's death, including a 15-year-old St. George girl.