Dan’s hearing took place Friday, 6/17/2011 at 1:30 pm at the Dearborn County Courthouse with Judge Brian D. Hill from Rush County presiding. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Kisor were representing the Prosecutor’s office and Mr. Watson was sitting with Dan. The only business on the agenda was Watson’s request to withdraw from the case. He said that he had active cases in front of Judge Humphrey and that it could look like a conflict of interest. The Judge let him off the case. The Judge let Dan speak but he wasn’t ready to address Dan’s concerns on the medicine situation at the jail or his inability to get Robert G. Kelly on this particular case.
Judge Hill set 2 new court dates. The first is Monday, July 18, 2011. He will hear the bond reduction issue and he has set the Final Pre Trial Hearing for the same time. It is not just the final but the only pre trial hearing. Mr. Watson had to tell the judge about the mistakes on the bond reduction, the client’s name was totally incorrect and he added a Schedule C Felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. The Prosecutor’s office agreed to the changes so I guess things are “fine.”
Judge Hill set Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 8:30am for Jury Selection. By this time Dan will have been in jail almost 180 days. The Judge made it clear that he wanted to move this case along. He mentioned listening to plea agreements.
He said he was going to appoint another public defender, not from around here, in the next day or two.