A Sugar Camp man accused of striking a motorcyclist on State Highway 17 in Sugar Camp Aug. 28, and leaving the scene, entered not guilty pleas Monday afternoon to homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and hit and run resulting in death.
Jeffrey M. Liebscher, 53, was charged Aug. 30 following the death of Sean J. Holtslander, 23, of St. Germain.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, Liebscher allegedly struck a motorcycle operated by Holtslander at approximately 10:15 p.m. Aug. 28 and fled the scene. The initial 9-1-1 call reporting the accident was received by the Oneida County Sheriff's Department at 10:23 p.m., according to the complaint.
According to a report authored by detective sergeant Chad Wanta, the Chevy Silverado Liebscher was allegedly operating was located about 2 1/2 hours later on family-owned property, but Liebscher was not in it.
Liebscher was eventually located in Three Lakes over 11 hours after the crash.
At Monday's arraignment, defense attorney Gary Cirilli entered the not guilty pleas on Liebscher's behalf. After assistant district attorney Jillian Pfeifer advised Judge Patrick O'Melia that the accident reconstruction by the Wisconsin State Patrol was not complete, and that such reconstructions have been taking up to six months to complete, Cirilli asked for a pre-trial conference to be scheduled sometime in March or April.
"I don't want to go that far (out)," O'Melia replied. "Let's put it on for Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. I understand it might not be resolved that day, but we'll have a better idea how much time we may need."
At Liebscher's initial appearance Aug. 30, Judge Michael Bloom set a $1,500 cash bond before recusing himself from hearing the case because he knows Liebscher. The case was then assigned to O'Melia
Liebscher's older brother Brian is charged with one count of misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer for allegedly not telling investigators the night of the accident his brother had contacted him and he had given him a ride to Three Lakes.
He is free on a $500 signature bond until his next court appearance Dec. 10, which will also be in front of O'Melia.
Jamie Taylor may be reached via email at jamie@rivernews online.com.
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