It may be into the new year before a pretrial hearing takes place in a child molestation case.

A hearing on pretrial motions was to take place this week, but a defense attorney asked to delay it to give him time to find an expert to evaluate his client.

Jered W. Bybee, 36, is facing five off-grid felonies in Labette County District Court: One count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, three counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. The off-grid felonies could result in life in prison with no parole for at least 25 years. Bybee also faces 17 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, all mid-level felonies, and three misdemeanors for allegedly sodomizing animals.

One of the motions to be heard this week was to determine if Bybee’s statements to law enforcement could be heard at trial. 

This week, Bybee’s attorney, Forrest Lowry, said he wanted to engage an expert to evaluate Bybee. The expert may be in pharmacy or psychiatry. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the Bybee case.

A status hearing is set for Dec. 21 to see where Lowry stands in retaining an expert. A motions hearing may be set at that time. Bybee remains jailed on a $100,000 bond.


In other cases:

—  A Parsons man made a first appearance on a single-count complaint alleging he battered an officer with a vehicle. Brian Durkin, 46, 1424 S. 14th St., is charged in Labette County District Court with one count of aggravated battery of a law officer, a level four felony, with a minimum punishment of three years in prison. According to the complaint, on Wednesday Durkin allegedly battered USD 503 School Resource Officer Bobby Queen with a vehicle. 

According to Parsons Police Sgt. Jason Ludwig, Queen was investigating an incident at Parsons High School during which Durkin was allegedly acting disorderly to staff members. When Queen attempted to talk with Durkin, Durkin took off in a vehicle while Queen was still in contact with the vehicle, Ludwig said.

Police arrested Durkin a short time later, Ludwig said.

Judge Steve Stockard set Durkin’s bond at $15,000. Durkin will return to court on Jan. 6.

— Raven L. Gudde, 28, 1419 Dirr, made a first appearance on Friday on a complaint alleging aggravated endangering a child, a low level felony. Gudde is also charged with transporting an open container of alcohol.

The complaint alleges that Gudde left a baby alone in a home with burning food left on a gas stove on Tuesday. It was unknown if the burner was still on. Gudde has a child in need of care case that’s tracking with the criminal case. She will appear in that case on Dec. 1 and will have a status hearing that same day in the criminal case. Gudde’s bond was set at $5,000.

— Colleen D. Evans, 39, Altamont, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a felony. She also faces misdemeanor counts of interfering with an officer, criminal damage, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. Evans’ bond was set at $5,000 and she will return to court on Jan. 6.

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