New indictment results in same charges against Peter Gaver

Peter Gaver

Peter Gaver

CAMP VERDE -- Peter Gaver, the father of the family that brawled with Cottonwood police March 21, has been indicted a second time on the original charges after his case was sent back to the Grand Jury for a new determination.

Peter Ralph Gaver, 55, was originally charged with resisting arrest, a Class 6 felony, and hindering prosecution, a Class 5 felony.

During a June 24 "motion to remand" hearing, Peter Gaver's attorney, Glen Hammond, said Peter Gaver's indictment was based on a description by Case Officer Det. Joseph Blaszek of DPS, who misidentified two Cottonwood police officers who had attempted to interview Peter. He said the interaction with Peter was so limited and then there was a clear "mistake of fact."

Deputy County Attorney Patti Wortman agreed that a mistake was made.

But, the Grand Jury was not convinced that Peter Gaver was not involved and on July 8 returned a new indictment that continued to charge resisting arrest and hindering prosecution for the family patriarch.

The father has been scheduled for a case management conference before Judge Joseph Butner at 9 a.m. July 17.

In addition to Peter, his wife Ruth, and sons Nathaniel, Jeremiah and David are all charged in adult court. Two additional juveniles were originally charged in juvenile court.

Peter Ralph Gaver

55 years old


• 1 count of Resisting Arrest

• 1 count of Hindering Prosecution (both felonies)

Ruth Elizabeth Gaver

52 years old


• 1 count of Aggravated Assault

• 1 count of Resisting Arrest (Felony)

• 1 count of Riot

• 1 count of Resisting Arrest (misdemeanor)

Jeremiah Gaver

28 years old


• 4 counts of Aggravated Assault

• 2 counts of Resisting Arrest

• 2 counts of Hindering Prosecution

• 1 count of Riot

• 1 count of Assault (misdemeanor)

• 3 counts of Disorderly Conduct (misdemeanors)

David Gaver

29 years old


• 16 counts of Aggravated Assault

• 2 counts of Resisting Arrest

• 2 counts of Hindering Prosecution

• 1 count of Riot

• 4 counts of Disorderly Conduct (misdemeanors)

Nathaniel Gaver

27 years old


• 4 counts of Aggravated Assault

• 2 counts of Resisting Arrest

• 2 counts of Hindering Prosecution

• 1 count of Riot

• 1 count of Assault (misdemeanor)

• 3 counts of Disorderly Conduct (misdemeanors)

In Addition ...

• Enoch Gaver was shot and killed during the March 21 brawl with police

• Charges also originally were filed against 2 juvenile members (11 and 15 years old) of the Gaver family.

Those charges include

• 5 counts of Aggravated Assault

• 1 count of Resisting Arrest

• 1 count of Riot

• 1 count of Aggravated Assault

• 1 count of Resisting Arrest

• 1 count of Riot

-- Information provided by Yavapai County Attorney's Office and court documents

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