Under heavy guard, the man accused of killing a Pottawattamie County deputy Monday was in a Douglas County courtroom this morning. A judge set bond at $10-million for Wesley Correa-Carmenaty. He is charged in Nebraska with kidnapping, use of a firearm to commit a felony, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and using a vehicle to avoid arrest. Correa-Carmenaty was also assigned a court appointed attorney and had his preliminary hearing date set for June 5th.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine says he talked with the Pottawattamie County attorney and received their warrant for charges in Council Bluffs. He says in Douglas County they are filing the fugitive from justice complaint this afternoon. Correa-Carmenaty will be back in court Thursday afternoon. Kleine says, “With their charges being the nature of what they are, obviously they want him back there ASAP. We filed the charges to hold him here to see what he was going to do in regards to extradition. If he is going to wave, we will dismiss our charges for the time being. They will take him back to Iowa and proceed with those charges and we will see what happens.”
The charges stem from an incident Monday when Correa-Carmenaty made an escape from the Pottawattamie County Jail in Iowa during a transfer back from the courthouse where he was sentenced for a murder. It was there that Deputy Mark Burbridge was shot and killed during a struggle and Deputy Pat Morgan was shot. He continues to recover.