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Thauwald: Request for Bail Reduction Denied

Friday, March 6th, 2009 at 9:58 am

thauwaldA day after his girlfriend, Connie Kitterman, pleaded guilty to First Degree Assualt for a December shooting in Brook Park, Jeffrey Thauwald, 43, appeared in Pine County Court for his involvement in the incident.

Thauwald’s lawyer, Dean Grau, asked Judge Krista Martin to reduce bail because he says both the defense and prosecution are “trying to figure out what to do in the case.”  Thauwald has been in the Pine County Jail since late December.  He is being held on $100,000 bail.

The prosecution told Judge Martin that Kitterman’s admission in court, Thursday, has influenced how they intend to move forward in Thauwald’s case.

Kitterman said in court, Thursday, that the gun she used to shoot Michael Hughes, 31, came from Thauwald’s home.  The shooting was the result of an argument that turned physical between Hughes and Thauwald, according to testimony given by Kitterman.

Grau stated, that because Kitterman admitted to the shooting, “The state has a weak case against Mr. Thauwald.”  He added that his client is not a threat to the community.

Judge Martin disagrees. She decided to keep bail at $100,000, and said, that Thauwald “does pose a threat to the community,” and that there is probable cause in the case.

Thauwald is due back in court April 2nd at 1:30 p.m.

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