Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jury trials set for domestic-violence cases

Bellevue residents accused in separate felony cases


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Jury trials have been scheduled for early next year in two separate felony domestic-battery cases involving a Bellevue woman and a Bellevue man.

Julie Ann Brewer, 40, and Timothy Reid Warehime, 44, both pleaded not guilty Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court to charges of "domestic violence inflicting traumatic injury." Judge Robert J. Elgee advised both defendants that the crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Both defendants are represented by Hailey attorney Christopher Simms under his public defender contract with Blaine County.

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Julie Ann Brewer

Trial was set for Jan. 31 for Brewer, accused of biting and scratching the father of her two children in Ketchum on Aug. 31.

A probable-cause affidavit filed by Ketchum Patrolman Jamie Claiborn alleges that Brewer battered the man in a vehicle after the two of them, along with some friends, were drinking earlier at Whiskey Jacques' nightclub.

Claiborn wrote that the man said he did not know why Brewer allegedly assaulted him but noted in the affidavit that he suffered multiple facial wounds and had a "significant mark" on his left arm "consistent with a human bite."

Claiborn wrote further that Brewer became combative when taken into custody and questioned about the incident.

Brewer is also charged with the misdemeanor crime of "resisting or obstructing officers," which is punishable by a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Claiborn wrote that the man was treated by Ketchum Fire Department emergency medical technicians and Brewer was transported to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center on a "mental hold" before being taken to jail

She is currently free on $10,000 bond.

Timothy Reid Warehime

Trial was set for Feb. 14 for Warehime, who remained incarcerated Tuesday morning in the Blaine County jail even though Elgee reduced his bond at Monday's court hearing from $10,000 to $5,000. He has been in jail since his arrest by the Bellevue Marshal's Office on Sept. 17.

A probable-cause affidavit filed by Bellevue Deputy Rene Rodriguez alleges that Warehime punched his girlfriend in the face the evening of Sept. 17 during an argument at the couple's home on Broadford Road. Rodriguez wrote in the affidavit that the woman suffered "severe swelling" to the "right cheek, right eye and nose."

Blaine County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fredback argued against bond reduction, saying "there are some serious allegations and some serious injuries suffered by the victim," and alleging that Warehime had failed to appear in a previous criminal case against him in Bonner County.

Simms argued that Warehime is a longtime Blaine County resident, has family in the area and is not a flight risk.

Elgee cautioned Warehime that failure to appear at court proceedings could have serious consequences.

"Failure to appear on a felony case is another felony, and it's very easy to prove," the judge said.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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