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A South Dakota man who was tased at Casey’s in Neligh four months ago has decided to represent himself on a drug possession charge.
Thomas Hildring, 42, who is currently incarcerated in the Antelope County Jail, appeared for his preliminary hearing on Wednesday. He made an appearance in Antelope County Court on the charge of possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, a class IV felony.
Even after an advisement from Judge Donna Farrell Taylor, Hildring told her that he still intended to proceed without an attorney in the case.
Antelope County Attorney Joe Abler called a witness during the preliminary hearing—Jared Jacob, an Antelope County jailer/dispatcher.
Jacob testified that Hildring was in possession of drugs when he was booked into the jail on Feb. 8.
He and another jail employee “found a clear baggie with a white, powdery substance” in Hildring’s coat pocket, he said.
“Officer (Kraig) Nelson field tested it when he came to the jail, and it tested positive for meth,” Jacob said.
After Jacob’s testimony, Hildring said he had no questions for the witness. The judge found that there was probable cause and bound the case over to district court.
Hildring was scheduled to appear in Antelope County District Court at 9 a.m. on June 26.