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Adrian O. Estrada

Jonathon Hernandez waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday and his case was bound over to district court.

Hernandez’s bond remains at $250,000.

Prosecutor Austin Leighty said acts of violence were involved and one of the alleged victims was treated at the emergency room at the hospital.

Hernandez’s attorney said Hernandez has mental issues and isn’t receiving all his medications in jail.

Hernandez made a brief statement about why he was in the house, but Lincoln County Judge Turnbull advised him to talk to his attorney and bring it up at a more appropriate time.

According to police records, around 6 p.m. Saturday, police were contacted by the parents of a 15-year-old girl, and investigators determined that Hernandez allegedly sexually assaulted two 15-year-old victims on Feb. 14 and again the next day.

Also, Hernandez is wanted for third-degree domestic assault in Dawson County.  Officers arrested him on the outstanding warrant, and found probable cause to charge him with first-degree sexual assault - sodomy.

Michigan suspect remains in jail

A Michigan man charged with child sex assault nearly got out of the Lincoln County jail Thursday, but County Judge Kent Turnbull conducted a trial and decided to hold the man.

Adrian Estrada, 39, of Lansing, Mich. was picked up Jan. 16 in Lincoln County and held. A background check turned up an active warrant in Lansing and bond was set at $2.5 million at the request of Lansing prosecutors.

Estrada refused to acknowledge the warrant, so Lincoln County officials sent his photo and fingerprints to the Lansing Police Department to confrim that Estrada is the man that they want. The Lansing PD have not sent an official confirmation that Estrada is their man.

Because of the long delay, Estrada’s defense attorney Amanda Speichert asked that Estrada be released.

Estrada appeared on a video screen from the jail. During the hearing, Turnbull asked jailers if they requested information from Lansing. Detention officer Sharon Hamilton said she had, so Turnbull told her to come to the courtroom, take the stand and make a sworn statement.

In court, Hamilton said she and a Lansing police dectective recently exchanged voice mails. The dectective verbally confirmed Estrada’s identity, she said

Speichert objected, claiming that Hamilton’s statements were hearsay evidence. Turnbull overruled the objection. He said  the voice messages stemmed from written documents that were exchanged when Estrada was jailed, so the voice mails were based on solid foundation.

Turnbull ordered Estrada to remain in jail until Lansing prosecutors extradite him back to Michigan.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/20/2014
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