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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Local battery trial canceled because defendant in federal custody

  • A local district court trial for a man accused of pulling a knife on a Leavenworth police officer has been canceled because the defendant is now in federal custody for a drug case, according to local and federal court officials.
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  • A local district court trial for a man accused of pulling a knife on a Leavenworth police officer has been canceled because the defendant is now in federal custody for a drug case, according to local and federal court officials.
    The trial for Harold W. Snell III, 34, had been scheduled for next month in the Leavenworth County District Court. He's charged with aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer and obstruction of a legal process.
    The charges stem from an April 6 incident that resulted in injury to Leavenworth police Sgt. Steven Brandau.
    The July 15 trial was canceled Friday. That's when Snell was supposed to appear in court for a pretrial conference in the case. But he didn't appear because he'd been taken into federal custody.
    Snell, along with three other people, is named as a defendant in an indictment that was filed June 5 in U.S. District Court in Kansas.
    The indictment has 15 counts, but Snell is named in only two of the charges. He specifically is charged for allegedly conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and distributing methamphetamine at a location where a child was present.
    The two crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2011 and 2012 in Leavenworth County, according to Jim Cross, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas.
    A motion for Snell's detention was approved June 12 by a federal magistrate judge. Bail was denied at that time, according to information provided by Cross.
    Also named as a defendant in the federal indictment is James R. Hill. He is charged in all but one of the 15 counts in the indictment.
    Records show a man by the same name also has a case pending in Leavenworth County District Court for allegedly aiding Raheem Armstead in a Dec. 29 escape from the Leavenworth County Jail.
    The other two people charged in the federal indictment are Jacob I. Rowls and Thomas H. Aston.
    It's not known when Snell will be available to appear in his Leavenworth County District Court case. A motion was filed seeking to revoke Snell's bond in the case for allegedly failing to meet conditions of his bond supervision.
    Court records indicate he posted a $10,000 bond in his Leavenworth County District Court case May 21 using a bond agency.
    Leavenworth County District Judge Gunnar Sundby said Friday that he wouldn't require the bond to be forfeited because Snell is in federal custody.

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