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Public Safety vs. $$$$


Public safety is more important than financial considerations.  Judge Ann Knox-Bauer made that clear Tuesday afternoon.  The man accused of killing a deer hunter with his vehicle in Taylor County was in court as his attorney requested a bond modification.  James Winchell is being held on $50,000 cash bond.  Attorney Van Wagner asked the judge to change Winchell’s bond to a signature bond which would allow the defendant to attend an intensive alcohol abuse prevention program for 28 days in Chippewa Falls.  District Attorney Kristi Tlusty objected citing her concerns that Winchell was a flight risk.  Judge Knox-Bauer denied the request citing the fact that Winchell faces homicide charges on what is his 5th charge of O.W.I.  Winchell is accused of killing one man and seriously injuring another as they stood on the side of the roadway following deer hunting. The Judge indicated that bond is designed to not only insure a defendant’s appearance in court but also to provide public safety.  There was further concern that the treatment program is not under strict supervision and participants sign in and out on their own accord.  James Winchell remains in the Taylor County Jail under a $50,000 cash bond.  A settlement conference is set for March 14th at 10 A.M.

     

 



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