LEARN ABOUT YOUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM – Post #5:
It has been several weeks since we have updated our “Burglary Investigation Leads to ‘One Stop, Drug Shop’ and Loaded Hand Gun” post from Tuesday January 16th. This is our 5th post on this case and the progression for each defendant through the justice system with the focus being to help the public understand the criminal justice system as a whole.
In this post we will discuss 2 legal issues: 1st is the “Substitution of Judge” and the 2nd is “Amending of Charges”; both of which were done with Debrian Hayes. Here are the actions since update #4 for each person and an explanation of the process.
• Dai’Twon E’Shawn Cowson – Was out of jail on a second Signature Bond, missed an initial appearance and had a Capias issued by the judge on 01-25-18 for bond violation which ultimately resulted in a Bench Warrant being issued on 01-30-2018. On 02-16-2018 Cowson was arrested by Toledo OH police after a vehicle pursuit and is being held in Lucas County OH on charges stemming from that incident. Additionally, Cowson has had a 4th incident charged against him on an open police investigation on 02-15-2018. At this time Cowson has 4 open cases in La Crosse county for the following charges: 4 Burglaries, 8 Credit Card Frauds, 2 Concealing Stolen Property, 1 Theft, 1 Bail Jumping, 1 Fraud Against Taxi.
• Jerrad A. Simms – Had a Preliminary Hearing on 02-05-2018. The Court dismissed 5 of the 6 drug charges. The only charge remaining against Simms is Party to the Crime of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
• Lennel L. Davis Jr. – Posted a $2500 Cash Bond, had a hearing on 02/05/18 to determine if legal representation and then had a public defender appointed on 02-15-2018. No Preliminary Hearing scheduled yet or additional court action taken.
• Debrian A. Hayes – Legal representation was established, his new attorney requested and received a “Substitution of Judge”. WI Statute 971.20 states “In any criminal action, the defendant has a right to only one substitution of a judge”. In our case, Hayes charges were initially assigned to Judge Bjerke’s court but were then changed to Judge Doyle. There was a preliminary hearing set for 02-12-2018; however, on that date District Attorney’s office amended Hayes’ charges from the original 6 drug charges to a single charge of Possession of Amphetamine. WI Statute 971.29 allows a criminal complaint to be amended any time prior to the preliminary hearing. In light of the reduced charging (now a misdemeanor), Hayes was released on a Signature Bond and has a pretrial conference scheduled for 03-23-2018 with the District Attorney and then a “Status” hearing on 04-26-2018.
• Jesse J. Stringer – No new updates since post #4 on January 27th.
• Gwenee Lawson – No new updates since post #4 on January 27th.