A woman charged with seven counts in connection with a fatal car accident waived a preliminary hearing in Dawes County Court and had her case bound over to District Court.
Kimberly Eagle Bull appeared in court last Wednesday for the hearing on her felony charges, which was scheduled to determine if the state has enough evidence to proceed. However, her attorney, Public Defender Jerrod Jaeger told the Judge Russell Harford that his client wished to waive her right to the hearing and have the case transferred to District Court.
Eagle Bull is accused of driving a car that wrecked on Slim Buttes Road earlier this year, killing 6-year-old Christina Roubideaux and sending several other individuals, both adults and children, to the hospital. She will appear in District Court Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. She is expected to be charged with felony charges of motor vehicle homicide, driving under the influence, .15+, three counts of child abuse and misdemeanor charges of transporting a child while intoxicated and false reporting during that appearance.
Harford also reduced Eagle Bull’s bond for the second time at Jaeger’s request. Initially her bond was set at 10 percent of $50,000, though it was reduced to $30,000 at her last appearance.
“We appreciate your generosity,” Jaeger said, noting that the family believed it could raise $3,000 to bond Eagle Bull out of jail. “They have fallen short,” he continued.
He asked that bond be reduced further to $20,000 to allow his client to seek treatment for knee problems, thyroid cancer follow-ups and an infection. Eagle Bull is currently on antibiotics, he said, but her various ailments could require more intervention if they go “sideways,” which will put the county on the hook for the cost of her treatments.
“Obviously the crimes in this case are very serious in nature,” Jaeger continued, adding that his client has spent 80 days in jail and will sign a waiver of extradition.
County Attorney Vance Haug argued against the reduction, as he has done in the past.
“My position hasn’t changed. I didn’t think it should be reduced last time,” he said, pointing out that Eagle Bull has no ties to Nebraska and is facing serious prison time.
“I can’t recommend a reduction, Judge,” Haug said.
Harford ruled in Jaeger’s favor, reducing the bond to $20,000, warning Eagle Bull and her mother, Francine Quiver, that if Eagle Bull fails to appear, the resolution of her case will be worse.