By Brandi Makuski
A 15-year-old boy charged with first-degree attempted intentional homicide will have to wait a few more weeks for his preliminary hearing.
With extra security in place both inside and outside of the courtroom, Dylan Carver — who is originally from Wausau but was living in Plover at the time of his arrest — was in Portage Co. Circuit Court on Aug. 25 for a scheduled 10 AM appearance.
Before the court was called into session, Carver’s lawyer, Gary Kryshak, and District Attorney Louis Molepske left the room for a conference which lasted just over 30 minutes.
After returning to the courtroom, Kryshak told those in the gallery — which included Carver’s family members and multiple media outlets — the hearing had been rescheduled.
When asked on Thursday why the hearing was rescheduled, Molepske did not give a specific answer.
“The defense raised a question to the court regarding this particular prelim [sic], based on the offense charged and age of the victim, and because of that the state is going to review the matter further and have the prelim [sic] at a later date so that we are clear of all the statutory burdens and also on the particular nature of this case,” Molepske said outside the courtroom. “Because it’s a 15-year-old charged under the homicide statute, and because of that, the state has an obligation to prove the crime charged. The state’s aware of that, but the defense raised a question on this, so to be absolutely certain we’re just moving it forward.”
Carver is being tried as an adult for attempting to murder a 60-year-old female family member at a home on the 3000 block of Haga Dr. in Plover on July 13. The woman was treated for several stab wounds to her back and neck and later released.
When police arrived at the home on the day of the attack, the woman was “covered in blood” but conscious, sitting at her kitchen table and “being assisted by the caller’s husband”, according to the complaint.
The woman “immediately stated to [the police] that her grandson had attacked her with a knife”, according to the complaint, telling police she had been watching television when he stabbed her five times in the neck and back. Police said the knife was about three inches long; staples were required to close the woman’s wounds.
The woman was able to get to her neighbor’s home for help after Carver took the woman’s cell phone, which police later found smashed in the driveway, according to the complaint.
Carver had taken the woman’s car and fled to his native Wausau by the time police arrived. He was taken into custody by Wausau policy on July 14.
He also faces charges of taking a vehicle without consent and theft of movable property. Each of those charges could net Carver up to nine months in jail if convicted. The homicide charge carries a maximum imprisonment of 60 years.
Carver, who remains in custody on a $100,000 cash bond, returns to court Sept. 13 at 2 PM.