Suspect Says Jail Too Stressful To Prepare Legal Defense

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.



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