Former Hastings police officer's assault case set for July trial

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MINDEN, Neb. (KSNB) - A judge has scheduled a July trial for a local police officer accused of domestic assault.

Cody Bland, 26, was arrested last fall for hitting and kicking his wife. He is charged with domestic assault, third degree assault and with interfering with a public service device.

The incident happened October 30, 2017 at Bland's Hastings residence. Court records indicate the victim claimed that Bland shoved and tackled the victim during an argument and that he took away a cell phone. A relative of the victim also claims that Bland slapped the relative.

Bland had been on the Hastings Police force for four years.

All three charges against Bland are misdemeanors. If convicted on all three, Bland could face a combination of fines and prison time.

In November a judge granted a change of venue and the case will now be prosecuted in Kearney county court in Minden. Kearney county attorney Melodie Bellamy is a special prosecutor in the Bland case.

Bland's attorney is Charles Brewster of Kearney. Brewster's last high profile case involved Kearney Police officer Derek Payton, who was found not guilty in April 2017 in connection with a 2016 shooting incident.

A trial on the charges is scheduled July 12th and 13th.

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