Attorney Seeks Lower Bond For Teacher’s Alleged Killer
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WHEATON, Ill. (CBS) — A hearing has been postponed for the man accused of killing a popular teacher during a bar fight.
As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, attorneys for Daniel Olaska, 27, want his bond reduced, but prosecutors are fighting them.
At the Friday hearing at the DuPage County Courthouse, defense attorney Brian Telander got permission from Judge Kathryn Creswell to postpone the bond motion until March 2, so he can have more time to examine evidence that prosecutors put together late Thursday.
That evidence includes new witness statements on DVD, and extensive photos and video from the night Olaska allegedly killed Naperville teacher Shaun Wild, 24, as well as documents from both Facebook and Twitter.
Until then, Olaska will remain at the DuPage County Jail on $3 million bond on charges of first-degree murder.
The stabbing that killed Wild was preceded by an argument between Wild’s friend, William Hayes III, and Olaska.
Authorities said another Hayes was making fun of Olaska drinking beer from a wine glass. In the ensuing argument, Olaska allegedly pulled out a 5-inch folding knife.
Wild, a friend of Hayes, rushed over to stop the fight, but Olaska allegedly stabbed him to death. Olaska also allegedly stabbed Hayes and a third man, bouncer Rafael Castenada.
Wild was a second-grade teacher in Naperville and a recent graduate of North Central College.
Prosecutors said Olaska was seen stabbing Wild, Hayes and Castenada, and want his bond to remain the same or be increased. They say he could be a flight risk, and was aggressive on the night of Wild’s death.
In court Friday, Telander asked the Judge Creswell if a clinical psychologist could test his client. While both prosecutors and the judge agreed to the test, no date has been set for it.
Judge Creswell and prosecutors also agreed to have Olaska’s passport canceled. Authorities will also remove all the weapons from Olaska’s home in case he bonds out.
Both Olaska and the Wild families were present in court, but neither wanted to comment.
The hearing on the motion to lower Olaska’s bond will be held at 9 a.m. March 2. He will be arraigned on March 19.