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Justin R. Vieyra
Bond was lowered to $250,000 Monday for Justin Vieyra, accused of attempted first-degree murder of a man involved with his ex-girlfriend.On Sunday afternoon, April 2, Vieyra and his ex-girlfriend got into an argument. The woman’s current boyfriend tried to intervene and when he did, Vieyra stabbed at him with a large kitchen knife, severely cutting his arm, police said.
Vieyra is also charged with false imprisonment of the woman by locking her in the house, strangulation and use of a deadly weapon. He allegedly threw a chair at the woman, too, earning him a domestic assault charge.
Vieyra has been in jail for 36 days since then.
In court, he pled not guilty to all charges and his attorney Robert Lindemeier asked for a reduction in his $500,000 bond, noting Vieyra’s ties to the community.
“He is not a flight risk,” Lindemeier said.
Prosecutor Tanya Roberts-Connick objected. She said the current charges are serious and there is also a previous assault charge on his record.
That charge was in 2001, according to sheriff’s records.
After consideration, Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch reduced bond by half, but left all the provisions intact – no contact with either of the injured parties, no alcohol or drug use, and random searches.
The alleged assault took place at 115 ½ S. Walnut, near the intersection of Walnut and B St., according to police reports.
The woman’s boyfriend arrived at the house and said he heard the woman screaming as he neared the front door. He told police he kicked at the door and his foot went through the lower half of it.
Vieyra allegedly ran to the door and repeatedly stabbed at the boyfriend through the hole in the door. Meanwhile, the woman got out the back. Her boyfriend backed away from the front door and officers arrived a short time later, police spokesman John Deal said.
The boyfriend was treated for severe cuts on his arm that required sutures at Great Plains Health medical center. He was released after he was treated, according to the police report.
Lindemeier said he intends to take depositions in the case and asked for time to do so. Birch told him to return to court July 10 to report on the status of the case.