VIROQUA - Shayne Swadley made a brief appearance at a status hearing in Vernon County Circuit Court with his attorney Keith Belzer on Monday, June 26.
Swadley, a rural Readstown resident, faces charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, a Class A Felony, and first-degree reckless injury, a Class D Felony. The charges are the result of a stabbing incident that allegedly occurred on May 26, 2016 in a trailer home in the Pine Crest II Mobile Home Park in the Town of Wheatland near DeSoto.
On January 11, 2017, Swadley’s attorney, Keith Belzer, changed his client’s plea on both charges from not guilty to not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
On Monday, defense attorney Keith Belzer informed Vernon County Circuit Court Judge Michael Rosborough that an upcoming motion hearing would require “most of the day” in court.
After some schedule consulting, it was decided to hold the daylong motion hearing on Thursday, Sept. 14.
For his part, Swadley remained silent through the hearing. Dressed in orange jail scrubs, the defendant stood next to his attorney facing the judge with his hands clasped behind his back.
After a few words with his attorney following the proceedings, Swadley turned and was led back out of the courtroom by the bailiff.
Although he said nothing, his facial expression, as he turned to leave the courtroom, appeared to show his dismay with the situation.
Swadley has spent the last 13 months since his arrest in the Vernon County Jail. Judge Rosborough ordered Swadley held on $100,000 cash bond following his arrest on May 26, 2016. Those bond conditions were reaffirmed by the judge during Monday’s status hearing.
It should be noted that Darcy Rood will be sworn in on August 1. Rood was elected this past spring. Rosborough’s last day on the bench will be July 31. This transition may or may not affect Swadley’s case in the future.