WaKeeney man bound over for trial
By MIKE CORN
WaKEENEY -- Scott Bollig showed no reaction when District Judge Glenn Braun bound him over for trial in connection with the death of his former girlfriend's unborn child.
Neither did defense attorney Dan Walter, who pressed witnesses for extensive detail about the case, unusual for a preliminary hearing. He wanted details about the turn of events leading up to the filing of charges against his client.
Bollig, scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 9, frequently consulted with Walter during the hearing, either whispering or passing notes about questions to be asked.
His preliminary hearing on the first-degree murder charge -- or in the alternative, attempted first-degree murder -- and a felony charge of aggravated battery ended Friday afternoon, after nearly 10 hours of testimony.
He's also charged with a misdemeanor count of distribution of adulterated food, identified in the criminal complaint as a pancake.
During the preliminary hearing, prosecution witnesses said the pancake was laced with an abortion drug Bollig had purchased on the Internet, crushed up and sprinkled on it. His then-girlfriend, Naomi Abbott, ate most of the pancake.
She suffered a miscarriage several days later on Jan. 31 at Gove County Medical Center.
The investigation into the miscarriage started shortly after Abbott was released from the hospital.
That's when Gove County Sheriff Allan Weber, at the request of Kansas Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Mark Kendrick, went to the hospital to talk with nursing personnel and Abbott.
Abbott, he said, was leaving the hospital just as Weber arrived and he watched as she got in the car with Bollig to return to WaKeeney.
Weber followed Bollig's car and pulled him over just as he was getting ready to get on Interstate 70. Weber and Abbott returned to the hospital, while a deputy remained with Bollig.
Walter wanted details.
"I had been asked to assist in a case that was being looked at by the KBI," Weber said of why he pulled over Bollig.
"Had he committed any violations?" Walter asked.
"No," Weber said.
"So the reason you stopped him, that was the only way to get to talk to Naomi Abbott?" Walter asked.
"Yes," Weber said.
"I just figured I'd be taking Ms. Abbott back to the care, so I just left him there," Weber said of why Bollig remained at the I-70 onramp. A deputy had been told to remain at the scene with Bollig.
That deputy eventually told Bollig to return to the hospital so Weber could talk to him.
"Just to let him know that she didn't want to go home with him," Weber said.
Abbott eventually drove herself home, as her car was in the hospital parking lot.
Prior to the start of the preliminary hearing, Walter had filed a motion asking to suppress statements Bollig had given to WaKeeney Police Chief Terry Eberle and KBI field agent Kevin Campbell during an interview on Feb. 20.
Following the hearing, Walter said he'd be updating his motion to suppress the statements made by Bollig as well as filing additional motions.