Man posts bond, remains in custody

Officials: Wengert violated a no-contact order in an effort to post bond

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TIMES-REPUBLICAN

The State Center man accused of trying to kill his father remains in custody after he allegedly violated a no-contact order, thus a new charge and a new bond.

This week Brian Wayne Wengert, 44, posted the $25,000 bond he was being held on for multiple charges, including the attempted murder of his father, Randy Wengert, 70, during a domestic incident back on Oct. 21 at their State Center residence.

But according to court documents, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Marshall County Attorney’s Office claim that back on Oct. 31, Brian Wengert violated the original protection order that had been issued by utilizing a third party to contact family members to help him post the bond.

Pending a new contempt hearing slated for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 27, a judge ordered Brian Wengert to remain in jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond for the alleged violation of the original no-contact order.

Public defender Michael Jones argued his client was only charged with the contempt this past Wednesday afternoon for the alleged violation that occured on Oct. 31, noting the posting of the $25,000 bond did not happen until this week.

In documentation to the court, Jones said “It would appear that law enforcement had information related to an alleged crime over two weeks old. On its face, this appears to be an act in bad faith by law enforcement to only charge the defendant with this crime when it became apparent he was attempting to post bond, and the state then using it as a pretext to revoke the defendant’s bond.”

On Oct. 21, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brian Wengert after a sheriff’s deputy found the elder Wengert, 70, lying in the yard of their State Center residence suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Randy Wengert was transported by ambulance to UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown, and later moved to a trauma unit at a Des Moines hospital, where he is currently being treated for his injuries, according to Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman.

After initially tending to the the elder Wengert and calling for medical personnel, deputies entered the residence to check on the welfare of Randy Wengert’s wife and their son, Brian. The officers removed Mrs. Wengert out of the residence and detained the son, following a brief struggle.

Following the execution of a search warrant at the residence, authorities found a large knife believed to have been used in the assault as well as methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia.

A pretrial conference for Brian Wengert is still scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 29 at the Marshall County Courthouse, followed by a jury trial at 9 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2018.

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Contact Jeff Hutton at 641-753-6611 or jhutton@timesrepublican.com