The man accused of a mult-county
crime spree earlier this month that
ended with a high speed chase and
car crash appeared for a preliminary
hearing yesterday (Wednesday) in
Grant County Court. Thirty-six-year-old
James Kruger appeared before Judge
Robert VanDeHey. Grant County District
Attorney Lisa Riniker called only two
witnesses for the hearing, Grant County
Chief Deputy Jack Johnson and Grant
County Deputy Adam Day.
Johnson testified how September 10th
started with Kruger eluding a Platteville
Police officer after driving the wrong way
on a one-way street. Johnson told the
court how Kruger then went to his
Uncle’s house in Cassville, where he
assaulted him before stealing guns and
coins from his Uncle. Johnson also
testified that Kruger fired a shot at
a woman from Cassville, and then pointed
a gun at another woman from Cassville
before taking her husband hostage.
Walter Riedl was eventually able to
get free from Kruger at a taxidermy store
outside of Dodgeville.
Later in yesterday’s (Wednesday’s)
hearing, Grant County Sheriff’s
Deputy Adam Day testified that he
was transporting Kruger after his
arrest. That’s when Kruger admitted
to Day that he used crack cocaine, that
he owed someone money, and that he
believed his Uncle had up to $1-million
in his safe. Kruger was bound over for
trial and will next appear in Grant County
Court for his arraignment on November 1st.
He’s being held in the Iowa County Jail.
Bond in Grant County is $500,000 cash.