Kevin Asbury, 38, of Creighton failed a pre-court drug test prior to a scheduled pretrial hearing in the Knox County District Court in Center on May 28.
After being advised Asbury tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine and benzodiazepines, the Honorable Mark Johnson ordered the defendant committed to the county jail for eight hours, revoked his previous $10,000 bond and reset bond at $25,000, 10% cash.
Asbury’s motion to continue his pretrial hearing and jury trial were sustained by Johnson. Pretrial is now set for Aug. 27, with his jury trial placed on the Sept. 17 court docket. He is represented by Knox County Public Defender Rodney Smith of O’Neill.
He was remanded to the custody of the county sheriff. He posted the additional bond later in the day.
Asbury’s wife and co-defendant in the case, Sheena J. Asbury, 35, of Center, also filed a motion to continue her pretrial hearing. Johnson sustained the motion. She is now slated for pretrial Aug 27, with a jury trial remaining as previously set, on Sept. 17. Bond in the amount of $10,000, 10% cash, posted in September 2018, is continued. She is represented by court-appointed attorney, Jeffrey L Hrouda of Norfolk.
The defendants are each accused of three identical felony counts, theft, more than $5,000, conspiracy to commit felony theft, and knowing and intentional abuse of a vulnerable adult. They both entered not guilty pleas at earlier district court appearances.
Charges against the couple were filed in Knox County Court on Aug. 29 by Madison County Attorney Joe Smith, acting as special county attorney for Knox County.
The alleged crimes were committed between Sept. 1, 2015, and Aug. 28, 2018, and included allegations the coconspirators took money from the bank account of the victim.
The arrests came after a joint investigation, over several months, by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.