Manslaughter charge dismissed
September 12, 2019
A felony count of manslaughter of an unborn child was dismissed, without prejudice, Monday against Joey W. Crooker, 37, currently incarcerated at the Antelope County Jail.
Crooker still faces a Class 2A felony count of first-degree sexual assault, alleged June 29 at a Grove Lake campground, with a preliminary hearing on the Antelope County Court docket at 11 a.m. Sept. 26.
Crooker appeared with public defender, Charles Balsinger of Norfolk, on a motion to amend bond after the Class 2 felony was dropped.
Prosecutor Joe Abler objected to substantial reduction of bond, citing the seriousness of the remaining count and Crooker’s history and his status as a registered sex offender.
Crooker told the judge he would reside with his parents, who would transport him to court appearances if he posts bond.
Taylor reduced bond from $100,000 to $75,000, 10% cash, ordering Crooker to be at the address listed when he posts bond after 8 p.m. each day, and continued terms of no contact, direct or indirect, with the alleged victim.
He was remanded to the custody of the Antelope County sheriff, pending posting of bond.