Green River Star -

By David Martin

Setzer pleads not guilty


November 20, 2019

Bradley Setzer pleaded not guilty to charges filed against him during an arraignment Monday afternoon in the Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery.

Setzer is charged with felony first-degree attempted murder and misdemeanor interference with a peace officer following an incident Aug. 25 where he allegedly tried to kill his wife and was allegedly uncooperative during his arrest. He faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted of the felony.

A trial date was set for May 11.

During the hearing, Setzer’s attorney, Gerald Bosch, attempted to argue Setzer’s bond was prohibitively high. He said the bond was initially set at $250,000 before being reset at $900,000 by Circuit Court Judge John Prokos. Bosch argued the bond prevented Setzer from bonding out of jail and providing for his defense.

Bosch said no contact orders already in place would be sufficient to ensure the safety of the alleged victim and told Lavery Setzer has the promise of a job should he be released.

Teresa Thybo, deputy county attorney, said Setzer had a history of not following bond orders, saying he failed to adhere to previous bond stipulations following an incident where he broke his wife’s nose. When he was arrested Aug. 25, Green River police officers found 11 firearms in Setzer’s home despite being ordered not to possess firearms. He was also ordered to abstain from alcohol, but had a blood alcohol content of .14 percent when he was arrested. Lavery kept the bond amount at $900,000.


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