A handful of felony cases were heard in Custer County Court on Monday, November 11 beginning with the first appearance of Joseph Beetem, 38 of Valparaiso. Beetem is charged with alleged criminal non-support a Class IV felony. Beetem will appear back in court for a preliminary hearing on December 20.
Daniel Marshall, 47 of Dunning, made his first appearance on a single charge of alleged 1st-degree assault, resulting in serious injury a Class II felony. Marshall elected to hire his own attorney and the case was set for a status hearing on December 20 at 9 AM. Marshall could face up to 50 years in prison if found guilty and sentenced to the maximum as allowed by law.
Conner Capps, 22 of California, made the first appearance on a single alleged charge of possession of a controlled substance-cocaine, a Class IIA felony. A preliminary hearing was set for December 13 at 3:30 PM. Capps could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.
Mathew Furrow, who was assigned to the case for the bond hearing, asked the court for a personal recognizance bond or a reduced bond as Capps did not have a criminal history. Furrow also noted that Capps goes to college in Yankton, S.D., but lives in California.
County Attorney Steve Bowers noted that as long as there was a local address in Yankton he had no issue with a PR bond since he had no criminal history and was cooperative with the officers at the time of the stop.
Judge Tami Schendt agreed and set a PR bond for Capps.