Center woman enters plea in felony theft case

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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2018 6:34 am | Updated: 6:41 am, Thu Nov 8, 2018.

Sheena J. Asbury, 34, of Center appeared for arraignment in front of the Honorable James Kube in the Knox County District Court in Center last Tuesday, Oct. 30.

She entered not guilty pleas to two Class 2A felony counts, theft, more than $5,000 and conspiracy to commit felony theft, and a Class 3A felony count, knowing and intentional abuse of a vulnerable adult.

Kube accepted the pleas and set a pretrial hearing for Nov. 27 and a jury trial for Jan. 8. Kube also sustained a defense motion of discovery, with reciprocal discovery to the state.

Bond of $10,000, 10 percent, posted Aug. 31, is continued. She is represented by Jeffrey Hrouda of Norfolk.

Sheena Asbury’s husband, Kevin C. Asbury, 37, who faces identical charges, had his pretrial hearing continued to Nov. 27, due to a death in the family of defense counsel. He is set for jury trial Dec. 11.

He pleaded not guilty to the three counts when he was arraigned in district court Sept. 25.

Charges against the couple were filed in Knox County Court on Aug. 29 by Madison County Attorney Joe Smith, acting as special county attorney for Knox County.

Both defendants waived their rights to preliminary hearings in Knox County Court on Sept. 20.

Kevin Asbury remains in custody, pending posting of bond in the amount of $10,000, 10 percent. Bond conditions include no direct or indirect contact with Sheena Asbury, nor with his children without approval of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor go to the residence where they are residing until a safety plan is in place.

Kevin Asbury is represented by Knox County Public Defender Rodney Smith of O’Neill. Joe Smith continues to represent the state as prosecutor in the cases.

The alleged crimes were committed between Sept. 1, 2015, and Aug. 28, 2018, and included allegations the coconspirators took money from the bank account of victim.

The arrests came after a joint investigation, over several months, by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

A pretrial hearing for Jason M. Dean, 41, of Henderson was also continued. He is also represented by Rod Smith. Pretrial is now set for Nov. 27, with a jury trial on the docket for Dec. 11.

He also waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a year-old case involving a Class 4 felony count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

Dean pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial when he was arraigned in Knox County District Court on Sept. 25.

Dean remains in the custody of the Knox County Sheriff, pending posting of bond in the amount of $5,000, 10 percent.

Dean was first arrested and booked into the Knox County Jail on the charge Aug. 10, 2017, after meth was allegedly found in his motel room by a staff member. He failed to appear for arraignment Nov. 16, 2017, and County Judge Donna Taylor ordered a warrant motion be filed. The motion was filed May 8, 2018, and the judge signed a bench warrant May 16. He was booked into the Knox County Jail on the warrant Sept. 19.

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