The attorneys for Justin T. Carl, who is accused of killing a 40-year-old Waukesha man last August outside his home on Albert Street, are asking a judge to reduce his bail so he can be further treated for injuries suffered from self-inflicted wounds.
Public defenders Adam J. Schleis and Maura McMahon want Judge Ralph Ramirez to reduce the cash bond to "the lowest amount necessary," while still assuring the defendant's appearance in court.
This is the second time Carl's defense team has requested a bail modification. However, Ramirez denied the initial request in November.
Carl's attorneys said in the most recent request that Carl has significant medical issues — including back and neck pain — from an injury that required surgery.
"Additionally he has pain, swelling and loss of mobility in his wrist and fingers from an injury that occurred at or about the time of his arrest," his attorneys wrote. "These issues are not being adequately addressed in custody."
Suspect harmed himself
According to Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack, when Carl saw police surround his apartment in the 700 block of E. St. Paul Ave. in early September, Carl ignored the requests and then stabbed himself in the throat and wrist with an edged weapon.
Carl was treated at Froedtert Hospital's intensive care unit after being taken into custody. After being released from the hospital, he was charged a month later with first-degree intentional homicide and made his initial court appearance on Oct. 19.
"While it is alleged that these wounds were self-inflicted, that is not a justification in a civilized or just society to ignore suffering when it can be addressed," his attorneys wrote.
During an Oct. 30 preliminary hearing, the court found probable cause a felony was committed and bound Carl over for trial. Carl pleaded not guilty during the arraignment on Nov. 9, and McMahon also requested for a bail modification. But the court denied that motion.
Shoe linked to Carl
Carl's apartment was a block from where he allegedly shot Kevin Hueman, who also lived walking distance from Carl at 735 E. North St.
According to the criminal complaint, Hueman, who was married and had a 6-month-old son, was found dead in front of a home at 238 Albert St. at 8:17 p.m. Aug. 14 during a stormy night. A subsequent autopsy revealed that four, close-range gunshot wounds were present on Hueman's chest and stomach area.
A motive nor a relationship between Carl and Hueman has been given.
Hueman's wife told police that after dinner Hueman said he was going to the porch area to smoke and watch the storm.
As she was cleaning the table a short time later, she said she heard approximately five or six loud pops that occurred in succession. Police found a fired bullet in front of 727 E. North St. and a black Nike shoe near Hueman's body, evidence that later helped in identifying Carl as the suspect.
Police linked the shoe to Carl's aunt, who said she bought the shoe for Carl at a Kohl's in Waukesha.
Carl, according to the complaint, allegedly confessed to his aunt one day after the shooting that he killed Hueman, but then quickly denied it when she questioned him.
Jack indicated at a news conference the day after Carl was taken into custody that Carl had many run-ins with law enforcement and has a criminal background.
But Carl's attorneys said in the most recent motion for bail modification that his past criminal history is dated.
"Mr. Carl has a record, but it has some age to it," his attorneys wrote in the motion. "His last conviction was in 2006."
A motion hearing to review his attorneys' request is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at the Waukesha County Courthouse.