Hearing Held In Connection With Weekend Death In Buffalo

Hearing Held In Connection With Weekend Death In Buffalo

A bond hearing was held Monday afternoon for a Buffalo man who is being held in the Johnson County Justice Center in connection with the death of another man in what appears to be an altercation in a bar in Buffalo last weekend.

Johnson County Fourth Circuit Court Magistrate Paul Jarvis read the charge against Richard Cameron Wilkerson, 30, of Buffalo, as felony 2nd degree murder, punishable by at least 20 years but not more than life in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000 or both.

The charge stems from an incident early Saturday morning at the Century Club in Buffalo where police were summoned and found 45-year old Brian Newman of Buffalo on the floor. He was pronounced deceased at the Johnson County Healthcare Center shortly after.

Prosecuting Attorney Ken DeCock asked for Jarvis to impose a $100,000 cash-only bond for Wilkerson, citing the circumstances surrounding the incident, and a possible flight risk from Wilkerson as reasons for the high bond.

Wilkerson's defense attorney asked for a $25,000 bond because he claimed Wilkerson acted in self-defense. Judge Jarvis agreed with the prosecuting attorney and set bond at $100,000 cash-only.

If Wilkerson makes bond, he was ordered by Jarvis to not consume alcohol or controlled substances; not to frequent establishments selling alcohol; have no contact with any witnesses in the alleged incident; not to leave the state without the court's permission; and to have weekly contact with his counsel. He was also ordered to waive extradition.

A preliminary hearing has been set next month to determine if there is probable cause for a trial.

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