By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Charges were dropped Wednesday against one of three men police say were involved in an attempted escape from the Adams County Jail last month, but they could be refiled later.
Jason M. Keller, 23, of Quincy, had been charged with conspiracy aggravated kidnapping, attempted aggravated kidnapping, attempted escape and conspiracy escape in connection with the July 27 incident that injured jailer Brian Doellman.
State's Attorney Jon Barnard said his office wanted to collect more evidence before conducting a preliminary hearing. He said charges could be filed again.
"We felt like we needed to continue our investigation into Mr. Keller for more evidence," Barnard said. "This allows us to do that."
The other two men -- Cobretti M. "Coby" Matlick, 19, and Nicholas C. Ray, 24 -- were both supposed to have preliminary hearings Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court. However, Ray waived his right to the hearing, and Matlick had his postponed until Aug. 27.
Matlick's hearing was delayed after he hired new counsel. He will be represented by Gerald Timmerwilke. Matlick is facing six felony counts, including attempted first-degree murder after police said he used a handmade knife to try to kidnap Doellman and then stab him in the head.
If convicted, Matlick faces between 20 and 80 years in prison. The sentencing range is enhanced because a law officer was involved.
Ray entered a not-guilty plea to each of the four charges he faces. His case was placed on the October jury docket. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
The three men have been separated since the incident. Matlick is being lodged in the Pike County Jail in Pittsfield on $500,000 bond. He did not attend Wednesday's hearing.
Ray is being held in the Adams County Jail and had been placed under lockdown until earlier this week. He is being held on $150,000 bond.
Keller was transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections on a parole violation and is being held at the Menard Correctional Center. He is still facing charges in a methamphetamine case from a July 19 arrest.