Bail set at $3 million for man accused in Wiota killings

Defense attorney requested $300,000, sheriff says
Bail set at $3 million for man accused in Wiota killings
Jaren M. Kuester

Bail for the man accused of killing three seniors in Wiota Township was set at $3 million Thursday afternoon, according to authorities.

The bail hearing for Jaren M. Kuester was held in Lafayette County Circuit Court at 3 p.m., Lafayette County Sheriff Scott Pedley said in a news release.

Pedley said Kuester appeared in court via a videoconferencing from the Lafayette County Jail.

District Attorney Kate Findley requested $3 million bail, while defense attorney Guy Taylor asked for a lesser amount of $300,000, Pedley said.

Lafayette County Judge William D. Johnston set bail at $3 million cash, according to authorities.

Kuester’s next scheduled court date is in Lafayette County May 10 at 1 pm. for an initial appearance.

The Lafayette County District Attorney’s office told News 3 Thursday morning that no bail hearing would be held Thursday, however, News 3 received a news release at 3:53 p.m. with results of a bail hearing held in Darlington at 3 p.m.