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Hearing set in Robyn Gardner case

A judge in Aruba has scheduled a Monday hearing to consider whether to release a Gaithersburg man who has been held since August because he is a suspect in the disappearance of his traveling companion, the man’s lawyer said.

Gary V. Giordano, 50, has been held since Aug. 5, three days after Robyn Gardner, 35, went missing.

Giordano’s lawyer in Aruba, Michael Lopez, requested the hearing.

Giordano has told authorities that Gardner, of Frederick, never made it back to shore after the two went snorkeling. Aruban authorities have said they believe Gardner might be the victim of foul play and that Giordano was involved.

Aruban authorities have called Giordano a “suspect in a suspicious death.” Gardner’s body has not been found.

Prosecutors previously convinced a judge to order that Giordano be held as authorities investigate.

Lopez requested the hearing, now set for 10 a.m. on Oct. 17, to ask that his client be released, or at least freed pending trial. Lopez previously has said there is no proof that Giordano committed a crime.

In Aruba, prosecutors seeking to detain a suspect must appear before a judge at regular intervals, authorities said.

Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.

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