Esch bound over to District Court
Trent Esch, 35 of Broken Bow, appeared in Custer County Court Monday, where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Esch is charged with two felonies: Count 1 - felony criminal mischief, a Class IV felony; Count 2 - use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class IC felony. The charges stem from a March 18 incident of a shooting at an unoccupied Custer County Deputy Sheriff's vehicle. Esch turned himself in to authorities April 10. Esch and his attorney also requested a bond reduction, which Judge Gary Washburn denied. Esch remains in custody on $5 million 10 percent bond Esch has openly displayed his frustration with what he considers “excessive bond”, and contacted NTV News to air his grievance. That interviewed aired Monday evening. In the interview, Esch told NTV that when he first heard the bond amount the judge had set, he thought he had misheard. Esch argues that in contrast to his case, John Oldson - charged with the murder of Kathy Beard in Valley County - is being held on 10 percent of $1 million. Esch told Annie Andrews of NTV News that there are many things in his case that “just aren’t making sense” to him. Meanwhile, bond for Esch remains as set. He was bound over to District Court, and is scheduled for his first appearance there May 31. Other criminal cases in County Court Monday included the arraignment of Lynn Poland, 50 of Broken Bow, on two felony charges. Poland is charged with: Count 1 0 felon in possession of a firearm, a Class 1D felony, and 5th offense DUI, a Class II felony. He was scheduled for preliminary hearing June 28.