A Hays man facing trial on drug possession charges is now also facing additional drug charges along with charges of arson, criminal threat, burglary and intimidation of a witness.
In a status hearing Monday afternoon, Ellis County District Chief Judge Glenn Braun decided against altering bond for Matthew Markley due to the nature of the crimes and lack of information regarding his employment.
Markley, 41, told the judge he was in talks with IBM for employment, but did not yet have a start date. That wasn’t quite good enough for Braun to release him on his own recognizance or adjust his bond, however, and he remains in custody in the Ellis County Jail.
Markley had an upcoming trial scheduled on a November 2017 charge of possession of methamphetamine committed while in possession of a firearm.
However, he was arrested Oct. 25 and charged with aggravated arson for using a large firecracker on a door to an apartment in the 200 block of West Sixth, making criminal threat and violation of protective order. Bond was set for those charges at $75,000.
He also faces additional charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated intimidation of a witness and violation of protective order for burglarizing the same apartment between Oct. 10 and 20 allegedly with the intent to prevent or dissuade a witness from testifying. Bond was set for those charges at $75,000.
In a third filing, he is also charged with possession of meth and marijuana and criminal use of a weapon on Oct. 26. Bond for those charges was set at $25,000.