An Outagamie County judge on Tuesday postponed the preliminary hearing for a former Appleton guardian accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his vulnerable clients.
Jeffrey M. Schend, 44, had been scheduled to appear in court today for the hearing on six felony theft counts and one misdemeanor count of theft. Judge Mark McGinnis rescheduled his appearance for June 20. Preliminary hearings are held in felony cases and require prosecutors show sufficient evidence that a felony-level crime occurred.
Assistant Dist. Atty. Kyle Sargent sought the postponement based on his participation in a trial in a different court branch. The complexity of Schend's case would have made it difficult for Sargent to rely on another prosecutor to handle the hearing, he wrote in a Friday petition to the court.
Schend was last in court on June 2 and was denied a county-appointed lawyer. Schend, who argued he didn't have the money to hire a lawyer, has since retained attorney Michael Petersen to handle his case.
Petersen filed a motion Tuesday asking for modification of Schend's $100,000 cash bond.
Schend remains in the Outagamie County Jail.
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