Springer trial set for August

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A 25-year-old Milford man is being held on a $100,000 bond awaiting trial on a Class C felony charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

His attorney Michael Johnson filed a motion for bond reduction on April 13.

"The bond, as it now stands, is excessive, in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States," Johnson wrote in his motion. "The defendant has appeared at all previously scheduled court appearances and did not leave the area when he knew additional criminal charges could be filed against him."

Using that argument, Johnson said his client is not a flight risk and has suitable living arrangements in Clay County.

A bond-reduction hearing has been set for 10:30 a.m. on May 7.

On Monday, a pre-trial hearing was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on July 3, with a jury trial to follow on Aug. 7.

Springer's charge stems from an Oct. 18, 2011, traffic stop in Spencer in which Clay County deputies say they found "multiple methamphetamine lab-related items" in Springer's possession.

Springer pled not guilty and waived his right to an arraignment in open court and his right to a speedy trial on April 12.

Charge in alleged accident cover-up downgraded

A felony perjury charge against Brad Smith, 52, of Terril, was downgraded to an aggravated misdemeanor charge of providing false information Tuesday morning in the Clay County Courthouse.

Smith was charged following an accident involving his 2001 Ford F-250 on March 24 at the intersection of 330th Street and Clay County Road N-18.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office had responded to a call at that location and found Brad Smith pulling his truck out of the ditch. He told deputies he believed he had fallen asleep and put the truck into the ditch and struck a pole, which downed power lines across the highway.

After further investigation based on a Clay County Text-a-Tip, deputies determined Brad Smith's son Ryan was driving the vehicle. Ryan Smith, 17, suffered non-incapacitating injuries as a result of the accident.

Brad Smith posted a $5,000 bond and attended Tuesday's hearing.

Because he is currently a client of Zenor and Houchins, which also serves as the Clay County Attorney's Office, Assistant Dickinson County Attorney Jon Martin was appointed as a special prosecutor.

Martin accused the defendant of providing false information, an aggravated misdemeanor charge, at the hearing.

An arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on May 14.

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