A man accused of attacking a Leavenworth police officer appeared in court Friday with his new attorney.

A man accused of attacking a Leavenworth police officer appeared in court Friday with his new attorney.

Anthony A. Dunkle, 36, is charged in Leavenworth County District Court with felony counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, making a criminal threat and interference with law enforcement and misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

The charges stem from an April 16 incident that was reported in downtown Leavenworth.

Dunkle allegedly walked in front of a patrol officer’s vehicle. Dunkle then allegedly walked up to the officer’s driver-side window, which was rolled down, and began punching the officer, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.

During the altercation, Dunkle reportedly made comments about previously being arrested by the same officer.

Attorney Mathew Tillma previously had been appointed to represent Dunkle. But Tillma has accepted a job with a law firm and will no longer be practicing criminal law. Tillma was allowed to withdraw from the case on Thursday.

Attorney Benjamin Casad has been appointed as Dunkle's new lawyer. Casad appeared in court with his client Friday morning.

Prior to Casad's appointment to the case, a preliminary hearing had been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. July 30.

Casad said Friday that he already has a hearing in another courtroom set for 2 p.m. July 30.

District Judge Michael Gibbens said he would like to keep Dunkle's preliminary hearing scheduled for July 30. Otherwise, the hearing will have to be rescheduled for the end of August.

Gibbens said he was rescheduling the preliminary hearing for 2:30 p.m. July 30 to allow time for Casad's other hearing.

Casad expressed concern his other hearing may not be wrapped up by 2:30 p.m.

"I'll wait for you Mr. Casad," Gibbens said.

Evidence will be presented during the preliminary hearing, and Gibbens will determine if the case against Dunkle should proceed.

Dunkle remains in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail.

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