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February 22, 2020

2/4/2020 2:23:00 PM
Court sets further proceedings for Valdez, McCluskey

A status conference will be held February 7 at 11:45 a.m. on the multiple charges against Terry L. McCluskey, Jr.
McCluskey, 23 of Dodgeville, appeared in court last Friday before Iowa County circuit judge Margaret Koehler on two separate incidents, one an armed robbery along with multiple counts of bail jumping with the other a smorgasbord of charges from delivering meth to a minor to first and second degree sexual assault along with other drug and child enticement charges. Most of the charges against McCluskey are felonies with penalties of extensive incarceration and heavy fines.
McCluskey was represented at Friday's hearing by attorney Peter A. Bartelt. District Attorney Matt Allen represented the state.
After waiving of preliminary hearing McCluskey's attorney requested a reduction in bond which was denied.
Also appearing Friday was Wesley Berget, 18, Mineral Point on a third degree sexual assault charge.
Berget is alleged to have forced a 17 year old girl to have sex with him without her consent. The charge is a felony.
Berget stood mute in front of Judge Koehler who entered a not guilty plea. Attorneys discussed deadlines for discovery and motions then set a scheduling conference for April 2 at 1 p.m.
Appearing Monday was Austin Valdez, 21, who is facing first degree intentional homicide charges in the shooting death of Robin Reeson, his step father, when Valdez felt his safety was in danger. He was previously tried on a second degree reckless homicide charge which resulted in a hung jury. After the death of former Iowa County DA Larry Nelson the state took over the case and issued a new charge.
With circuit judge William A. Sharp of Richland Center appearing by telephone and Valdez represented by his attorney, Jeremiah Wolfgang Meyer-O'Day, Valdez stood mute and a not guilty plea was entered. Attorney Amber Hahn represented the state.
A final pre-trial conference was scheduled for February 7 at 9:30 a.m. with a trial expected to start March 6 and continue through March 13.

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