By MIKE CORN
Scott R. Bollig no longer is listed as an inmate at the Trego County Sheriff's office, a day after the stage was set for his release on community corrections while awaiting trial on a series of charges, including first-degree murder in connection with the death of an unborn child.
The charges against Bollig, 30, WaKeeney, were filed Tuesday in Trego County District Court about an hour prior to a bond hearing in Ellis County District Court, at which time District Judge Glenn Braun said the bond would remain at $500,000. Braun, however, received assurances that community corrections would be willing to accept Bollig into the program for intensive supervision.
Those assurances were given after a scheduled hearing in the case was delayed 30 minutes as defense attorneys talked with prosecutors and Bollig's parents.
Bollig, wearing a standard orange jail outfit and leg and belly chains, was charged with first-degree murder involving the killing of an unborn child "believed to be between 8 to 10 weeks gestation."
An alternative charge of attempted murder in the first degree also was filed by Assistant Attorney General Jessica Domme, alleging Bollig put "a crushed form of a medication used to terminate an intrauterine pregnancy on food ... " but was unable to do so.
He was charged with a misdemeanor count of distribution of adulterated food, identified in the criminal complaint as a pancake.
The criminal complaint didn't specify what type of medication was involved.
A final charge of felony aggravated battery was filed in the case.
Bollig apparently was being housed in the Ellis County Jail following his arrest, and Braun ordered his return to the custody of the Trego County Sheriff.
In the time leading up to the hearing, defense attorney Dan Walter, Norton, apparently brokered an agreement on the bond, and was told he could follow Bollig's return to Trego County for bond to be posted.
Following the discussion on the terms of the bond, Braun moved ahead with Bollig's first appearance on the charges.
Braun summarized the charges pending and laid out possible penalties on each charge.
The most serious is the first-degree murder charge, which is punishable by life in prison and no chance for parole until 25 years have been served.
No preliminary hearing was scheduled in the case, and Walter waived the routine requirement of conducting that hearing within 10 days.
Tuesday's hearing didn't reveal many new details in the case, but the charges suggest the investigation spanned at least two counties in addition to the WaKeeney Police Department and the Trego County Sheriff's office.
Deputies with the Gove County Sheriff's office and an Ellis County Sheriff's detective were listed as witnesses, as were two agents with the Kansas Bureau of investigation.
Other witnesses include a number of medical personnel, including those from the Gove County Hospital.
The criminal complaint also listed witnesses from a WaKeeney bank and the U.S. Post Office.