Man Accused Of Lighting Bed On Fire Has First Appearance In Custer County Court

CUSTER COUNTY— Two first appearance felony cases were heard in Custer County Court on Monday, June 7.

Bobby Lewellyn, 47 of Glenville, NE, appeared in court and is facing a singular alleged charge of criminal non-support (Class IV Felony). Public Defender Michael Borders was assigned to the case after Lewellyn asked for a court-appointed attorney. Lewellyn is scheduled to appear back in county court on July 12 at 3 PM for a preliminary hearing.

Vernon Mobley III, 43 of Callaway, also appeared for the first time on Monday as he faces alleged charges of possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person (Class III Felony), child abuse-non injury (Class IIIA Felony), obstruction a peace officer (Class I Misdemeanor), resisting arrest (Class I Misdemeanor), and disturbing the peace (Class III Misdemeanor).

According to the arrest affidavit, the Custer County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance in Callaway where Mobley had been allegedly revving the engine of his motorcycle and threatening his own life. The affidavit also notes that Mobley had allegedly attempted to burn his bed and house by pouring gasoline on the bed and lighting it on fire in the presence of multiple individuals including children.

After it was determined that Mobley was believed to be a danger to himself or others, a CCSO deputy attempted to detain Mobley who is alleged to have fled into the home. After the deputy entered the home, Mobley allegedly continued to be uncooperative and the deputy deployed his Taser, which failed after not making sufficient contact. Mobley then is alleged to have tried to leave through the back door of the home and was successfully Tased by the deputy where he was then arrested. According to the affidavit, Mobley was also alleged to have been in possession of two fixed blade knives when he was arrested.

Mobley will be back in court on July 12 at 9 AM for a status hearing as he asked for a court-appointed attorney, but did not qualify. Judge Schednt stated she would allow him time to find an attorney, but if he was unsuccessful, the court would reevaluate the situation.