HARTINGTON, Neb. — A Fordyce, Nebraska, man is being held on $1 million bond on an attempted murder charge in connection with an alleged July 2 knife attack.
Kevin Robert Haug appeared Wednesday in Cedar County Court on two separate cases. County Judge Douglas Luebe presided over both sets of complaints.
Haug faces five felony charges related to the alleged multiple stabbing of 58-year-old James "Jimmy" Olson at a Fordyce residence.
The other set of charges arises from a June arrest for a previous set of drug charges.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Cedar County Attorney Ed Matney requested at least $1 million bond on the attempted murder and related charges. He cited the need for ensuring public safety. Matney also pointed to Haug’s criminal record, including the fact he was already facing charges at the time of the alleged stabbing.
"These are very serious charges. The defendant was already out on bond," the county attorney said. "Additional charges may be coming soon."
Haug’s new charges could arise from alleged additional harm created when he fled to avoid law enforcement following the alleged Fordyce stabbing, Matney said.
The judge agreed to the request, setting the bond at $1 million at 10%, meaning Haug must post $100,000 for his release. In addition, he must have no contact with victims by phone or other means, and he agrees to an extradition waiver.
Also, Haug must commit no other offenses during his legal proceedings on the charges. He is subject to random drug and alcohol checks with zero tolerance for use.
In addition, Haug has the right to review his bond conditions after 24 hours. In the future, he could seek modification of his bond.
The 44-year-old Haug appeared at Wednesday’s court proceedings without an attorney. He told the judge that he planned to hire his own counsel.
Haug had been held without bond pending his first court appearance.
Luebe noted the defendant could act on his own regarding bond or wait until he hired a lawyer. Haug chose to wait until he had secured legal counsel, adding his brother planned to help him hire an attorney.
In the meantime, Luebe set bond on the attempted murder charge and other allegations tied to the alleged Fordyce stabbings. If Haug violates the bond conditions, he would lose the posted amount and a warrant would be issued for his arrest.
Prior to Wednesday’s arraignment, Olson arrived at the courthouse and inquired if he was needed for the proceedings. He met briefly with Matney in the county attorney’s office.
Olson was not required to appear at Wednesday’s hearing. However, he could be asked to testify in the future at a preliminary hearing or other judicial proceedings.
While awaiting Haug’s arrival in court, Olson identified himself to the media. He held up his arm, showing injuries he indicated came from the alleged stabbing.
Olson had been hospitalized at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton for injuries. According to court documents, his injuries included a cut on his forehead, a stab wound in his upper right abdomen that required surgery, a deep laceration to his left hand and cuts on his lower left abdomen.
He attended Wednesday’s court hearing. He sat in the audience and remained silent during the proceedings.
Haug had been hospitalized until last week for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, according to Matney. Haug had been receiving treatment at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha.
The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) formally arrested Haug last Friday. The NSP transferred Haug to the custody of Cedar County authorities. He has been housed in the Antelope County Jail in Neligh, Nebraska.
Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda escorted Haug into court Wednesday. The defendant’s right hand was heavily wrapped, but no formal explanation was given for his apparent injuries.
During Wednesday’s proceedings, Luebe first dealt with the arraignment on the alleged knife attack. The judge read Haug his rights and also the charges against him.
Those charges include first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, burglary, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, and possession of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.
The attempted murder, assault and use of a deadly weapon charges are Class 2 felonies, each carrying a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison. The burglary charge is a Class 2A felony, carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years. The possession of a deadly weapon charge is a Class 3 felony, carrying a maximum sentence of four years in prison, two years of post-release supervision and a $25,000 fine.
The sentences can run consecutively or concurrently, Luebe said.
In Nebraska, all felony cases originate in county court and require a show of probable cause in order to move to district court, Luebe said. A trial to determine guilt or innocence would be held in district court.
Haug is charged with an early-morning break-in of the home where he allegedly confronted his wife, Rhea Haug, and Olson.
According to court records, Rhea said the two men became involved in an altercation. Kevin allegedly stabbed Olson multiple times with a corn knife and filet knife before fleeing the home.
Kevin Haug allegedly washed his bloody hands in a swimming pool before fleeing the scene in his car. The authorities later drained and found 10-inch and 7-inch knives in the swimming pool.
Haug may have escaped into Yankton County and rammed a stolen U-Haul into a police car, according to a Yankton Police Department post matching details of the Nebraska manhunt.
During Wednesday’s court appearance, Luebe also held a hearing on the two previous drug charges that Haug still faces. Those charges are connected to a June 17 incident at rural Fordyce.
On that complaint, Haug faces two counts: possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, an infraction. The Class 4 felony carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison, 12 months of post-release supervision and a $10,000 fine.
Haug allegedly possessed methamphetamine and used, or intended to use, drug paraphernalia to manufacture, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance, according to records.
At that time, Haug already had a Cedar County warrant for his arrest, according to court records.
After last month’s arrest, Haug appeared before Luebe on the two drug charges. The judge set bond of $25,000 at 10%.
Haug pleaded not guilty to the two drug charges.
Since that time, the state had filed a motion to elevate the bond on those counts.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Luebe set the bond for the drug charges at $5,000 at 10%. Matney questioned whether the judge instead meant to raise the bond to $50,000.
After a momentary review, Luebe kept the $5,000 bond and placed it on top of the other bond for the attempted murder and other charges.
"You already have the $1 million bond sitting there," the judge noted, adding that the bond on the drug charges carried the same terms and conditions.
At the conclusion of Wednesday’s hearing, the parties discussed the date for Haug’s next court appearance. Matney estimated a preliminary hearing would last about one hour.
Taking the one-hour time into account, Luebe set an Aug. 21 hearing at 10:45 a.m. at the Cedar County Courthouse. The judge is allowing the remainder of that morning for Haug’s cases.
Haug remains in Cedar County custody at the Antelope County Jail in Neligh.
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