Tyler Keup appeared before The Honorable Donald E. Rowlands in Lincoln County District Court today for his arraignment on multiple felony charges.
Keup entered a not guilty plea to Possession of a Controlled Substance-Adderall, two counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon by a Prohibited Person. The charges against Keup stem from a November 25, 2012 arrest following a traffic stop.
Keup’s attorney Gary Krajewski asked Judge Rowlands for a bond reduction, stating that Mr. Keup was “having trouble adjusting to being out of prison, which is why he’s here today.” Keup was released from prison in 2011 after an appeal because he was 16 when he shot Maricella Martinez and the judge ruled he could not form the intent to kill. He was originally sentenced to 30-60 years, and had served ten years of that sentence when his conviction was reversed and the charge reduced to manslaughter. He was given credit for time served.
Rowlands denied the request for bond reduction after Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling reminded the court of Keup’s prior criminal history, and the severity of the crime of which he had been convicted.
Krajewski then requested a continuance for discovery and a Status Hearing was set for March 11.