Scoville Bound Over To District Court
Dustin Scoville waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Kearney County court and was bound over to the district court on Thursday.
Scoville is charged with aiding and abetting child abuse resulting in death and accessory to a felony in the December 22, 2009 death of four-year-old Landon Payne.
Aiding and abetting is a Class 1B felony carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison and a minimum of 20 years. The accessory to a felony charge is a Class III felony carrying a maximum of up to 20 years, $25,000 fine or both.
Scoville’s attorney, Charles Brewster, told Judge Robert Ide, “After discussion with the county attorney and discussion with my client of his options, we have decided today to waive preliminary hearing.”
Brewster addressed the court in the matter of Scoville’s bail.
“Your honor, I hope I’m not wasting my breath, my client has been in jail since this matter began,” Brewster told the court. “He is currently being housed in Buffalo County jail. He is in isolation up there not by his choosing and not by his fault we were hoping the court would reduce his bail to at least the amount that the codefendants bail is which is $300,000 with 10 percent deposit required. He is not a flight risk and I don’t believe there is any history of him not appearing for any court appearances in the past.”
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