FALLS CITY – A Richardson County inmate told a district judge Tuesday the environment at the county jail is too stressful for him to perfect his legal defense.
29-year-old Jefrey Morley earlier entered a not guilty plea to assault, possession of a deadly weapon and terroristic threats on July 3.
He asked Judge Julie Smith to lower his $2,500 bond provision.
Morley: “I need a stress free environment to build my case.”
He said he is subject to a no contact provision and the state alleges that Police Ofc. Zak Ractliffe is a victim. Morley said he could better comply with the no-contact order regarding the police officer, if he were released from the jail.
Morley is accused of striking people with a fishing pole at a Chase Street residence and resisting officers that responded to the disturbance call.
Judge Smith said she set the bond a week ago and is not inclined to make a change.
Smith: “You are probably in the best place possible for you right now, where there is not a lot of opportunity for you to relapse.”
Morley is scheduled for pre-trial conference on Dec. 11.