Bond set at $1 million for murder suspect

2014-07-31T19:15:00Z 2014-08-01T13:12:06Z Bond set at $1 million for murder suspectBy The Telegram Staff Columbus Telegram
July 31, 2014 7:15 pm  • 

COLUMBUS — Bail has been set for a Columbus teenager accused of stabbing his 58-year-old grandmother Wednesday afternoon at her 31st Street home.

Chase Micklevitz, 19, is being held in the Platte County Detention Facility on $1 million bond, 10 percent allowed.

The local teen faces a second-degree murder charge after Columbus Police say he stabbed Deanna Micklevitz four times with a kitchen knife at her 2908 31st St. residence.

Chase Micklevitz, who is scheduled for a felony first appearance Aug. 13 in Platte County Court, had been living with his grandmother prior to the stabbing, according to an affidavit filed Thursday.

Columbus Police were called to the residence around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday after Deanna Micklevitz made a 911 call reporting she had been stabbed in the chest by her grandson.

She was taken by ambulance to Columbus Community Hospital and later transported by helicopter to Bryan Health Medical Center in Lincoln, where she was pronounced dead shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Chase Micklevitz fled the scene on foot and was taken into custody around 2:40 p.m. in the parking lot at Avenue Chiropractic, 2559 37th Ave. He was still holding the bloody knife when he was apprehended, according to the affidavit.

The Platte County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol assisted the Columbus Police Department during the more than hourlong search for the 19-year-old, who was taken to Columbus Community Hospital with self-inflicted knife wounds before being transferred to the local jail.

Police dispatch reports described the weapon as a kitchen knife with a 5-inch blade.

Platte County Attorney Carl Hart said a request for a court-appointed attorney to represent the defendant is currently under advisement.

Second-degree murder is a Class IB felony that carries a penalty of 20 years to life in prison.

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