By Ed Pruneau
Missourian Managing Editor
A Franklin County associate circuit judge has denied three motions filed in the case of Jeffrey Weinhaus, the man who was wounded in an armed confrontation with Missouri State Highway Patrol investigators in September.
Judge Dave Hoven heard arguments last Thursday on a defense motion to reduce bond for Weinhaus from $50,000 cash to $7,500. The prosecution meanwhile filed motions to increase the bond to $100,000 on an amended criminal warrant and to order a psychiatric exam for the suspect.
Hoven took the motions under advisement until it could be determined that Weinhaus was fit for confinement. A doctor examined the man later Thursday and ruled that he was fit to be held in the county jail.
On Friday, Hoven denied all three motions.
The judge then ordered the case to be continued until 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.
Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said Tuesday afternoon that Weinhaus still was in custody.
Weinhaus was arrested last Thursday after he appeared in Hoven’s court with his attorney and requested the bond reduction.
Prior to Thursday, Weinhaus had been in the hospital and at his brother’s home in Jefferson County recovering from gunshot wounds he sustained in the Sept. 11 encounter with the two troopers.
At that time, the troopers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant charging Weinhaus with possession of a controlled substance (morphine) and tampering with a judicial officer, both felonies, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks filed an amended warrant Thursday charging Weinhaus with five additional felony counts including two counts each of attempted assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action and one felony count of resisting arrest.
The investigators allege that they shot Weinhaus when he refused to comply with them and began drawing a handgun.
Investigators with the highway patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control went to serve a search warrant Aug. 22 for the seizure of computers belonging to Weinhaus based on alleged threats directed at law enforcement and judicial officials in Crawford County. Weinhaus broadcast those video blogs from his home off Highway K, south of St. Clair.
When Weinhaus opened the door, the troopers smelled marijuana smoke coming from the house. After Weinhaus refused to let them search the home they obtained another search warrant and inside they seized a misdemeanor amount of marijuana and some pills, later identified as containing morphine, according to Parks.
Weinhaus, who has described himself as a born-again Christian and both a political activist and a political prisoner, has been provoking politicians, judges and law enforcement officials in several eastern Missouri counties for years.
In a video post Sept. 9, he threatened to “occupy the courthouse” on Sept. 14 or Sept. 17, but did not specify which courthouse.
That post led the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to increase security measures at the courthouse there, and officials in Crawford County took extra security measures as well.
Weinhaus has denied that he made any direct threats against anyone and claims that when he got out of his car Sept. 11 he did not attempt to draw his gun but raised his hands over his head and was shot by the troopers.