Circuit Judge Gael Wood this week denied a motion to reduce bail for Jeffrey Weinhaus, the man who was wounded by Missouri Highway Patrol investigators during an armed confrontation last September.
Judge Wood presided at a hearing last Wednesday, Jan. 2, in which arguments were heard for and against reducing the man’s bond from $50,000 cash-only. Judge Wood previously set a $250,000 cash-only bond and later reduced it to the lower amount.
Following the hearing Judge Wood took the motions under advisement.
On Tuesday, he ruled that any further bond reduction is denied in the case.
Weinhaus is in the county jail awaiting trial on multiple felony charges, some stemming from the Sept. 11 confrontation with law enforcement officers at a gas station south of St. Clair.
At last week’s bond hearing, Judge Wood scheduled a three-day jury trial in the case to begin April 30.
A longtime anti-law enforcement Internet blogger, Weinhaus, during questioning last week admitted that when troopers had ordered him to lie down on the ground, he told them that they would have to shoot him.
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 a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
The grand jury later indicted Weinhaus on those original charges plus five additional felony counts, including two counts each of attempted assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action and one count of resisting arrest.