Marty Calhoun appeared before Lincoln County Court Judge Kent Turnbull Friday for what was supposed to be arraignment on a charge of shooting a woman.
Calhoun, 58, was originally charged with 1st degree domestic assault, but the prosecution increased the charge to first-degree assault.
If convicted, Calhoun could receive up to 50 years imprisonment.
Calhoun was arrested June 26 for allegedly shooting the woman in the shoulder at his home on N. River Rd.
The woman made her way to the emergency room at Great Plains Health, alerting the authorities. Law officers found Marty at home alone that night. He initially resisted arrest, compounding his trouble.
The woman, with her arm in a sling, appeared in court Friday, with Calhoun’s attorney — Ogallala Attorney Gregory Beal.
At the outset of the hearing, Beal told Turnbull what he would be asking for at the hearing, which included a bond reduction.
Calhoun is held on a $500,000 bond.
However, Turnbull said he was only overseeing the arraignment because his colleague, Lincoln County Judge Michael Piccolo, was out of town.
Turnbull said the two have an agreement that they will not reduce bonds on rare occasions when they adjudicate a case for the other judge.
Turnbull suggested Beal continue the arraignment until next week. He said defendants only get a single bond reduction hearing and he did not want Calhoun to waste his opportunity.
Beal agreed to wait to enter his plea after Piccolo returns.
Turnbull moved the arraignment to July 12. In addition, he set July 26 for a preliminary hearing to consider the evidence further.
Until then, Calhoun remains in jail, unless he posts 10% of his $500,000 bond.