Bail for the then-15-year-old male charged with second-degree intentional murder of Stanley Bryan King on Sept. 15 at King’s home in Riverton will remain at $800,000.
Karsen Bryce King, Stanley’s King’s son, appeared Wednesday in Court Room 5 in front of Judge Erik Askegaard in Crow Wing County District Court in his blue jail attire and shackles. King, who turned 16 on Oct. 23, was certified to be charged as an adult at his last court appearance on Jan. 5.
King’s attorney, Jana Austad of the public defender’s office, asked the judge to reduce King’s bail from $800,000 to $100,000.
Austad explained that during the Jan. 5 court hearing, Judge Richard Zimmerman set unconditional bail and bond at $100,000. Later that same day, Zimmerman called the attorneys back to the courtroom and raised the bond to $800,000 and ordered a bond study to be conducted by the probation department.
Austad argued to Askegaard that the court did not follow the rules. She said the court has authority to change the bail during the court hearing, not after it.
Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan argued that Zimmerman listened to Austad’s argument in court that day and the judge believed the court had the authority to change the bail. Ryan said the bail should remain at $800,000.
After listening to both attorney’s, Askegaard “respectfully disagreed” with the defense, denying the motion and keeping the bail set at $800,000. Askegaard said Zimmerman heard the arguments Jan. 5 and he raised the bail because it was what he deemed to be more appropriate.
King’s next contested court hearing was set for Feb. 7 in front of Judge Zimmerman. Ryan said the court hearing most likely will be changed so King would be seen in front of another judge. Ryan said King appeared before Zimmerman during his juvenile hearing and normally in these type of cases, the defendant would be seen in front of a different judge when charged as an adult.
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