By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
Attempted murder suspect, Juan Carlos Hernandez, recently extradited from El Paso, Texas, faced Seward County Judge Rosanna Volden Monday morning in a scheduling hearing. His case was set for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2011.
Hernandez was arrested on the evening of Oct. 18 at the Bridge of the Americas while attempting to cross the border into Mexico.
“The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Hernandez applied for entry,” Liberal Police Capt. Pat McClurg noted in a release. “Officers scanned the entry document and learned Hernandez had an outstanding warrant in Liberal. He was taken into custody and turned over to El Paso police.”
Hernandez, a resident of Chihuahua, Mexico, was wanted in Liberal for the attempted murder in the first degree of an acquaintance.
“On May 20, 2009, Juan Carlos Hernandez was arguing with his ex-girlfriend on a residential street,” the LPD Web site noted on July 15, 2009. “An acquaintance intervened and a physical confrontation ensued. After the confrontation, Hernandez got into his vehicle and struck the male acquaintance. Hernandez turned around and ran over the man a second time. Hernandez also struck another male that came to the aid of the fallen man.”
Judge Volden appointed Koehn and Tahirkheli Law Firm to represent Hernandez just last week. Daniel Schwongerdt, of the firm, was present on behalf of Hernandez during Monday morning’s scheduling hearing.