OCONTO - "Yes, sir."
Those were the only words Peter Hanson, 52, said in Oconto County court Thursday to Judge Michael Judge.
Hanson made his initial appearance on one count of first-degree intentional homicide in Oconto County court Thursday, Hanson remains in jail on a $500,000 cash bond.
Authorities say Hanson killed 19-year-old Chad McLean in late February 1998 near Abrams. McLean's body was found about one month later in the Pensaukee River.
Last Friday, 15 years to the day McLean's body was found, authorities charged Hanson.
"In light of the prior history, which involves numerous prior felonies," listed special prosecutor Vincent Biskupic as reasons for Judge Michael Judge to issue a significant cash bond in the alleged homicide.
Biskupic argued Hanson's past criminal record and his alleged role in the death of Chad McLean warranted the high bond.
Judge granted the state's request for a $500,000 cash bond and for Hanson to have no contact with those named in the homicide criminal complaint.
Hanson's homicide defense attorney Jeffrey Jazgar said he would argue the issue of bond after the preliminary hearing.
Hanson has other problems with the law.
He also had a motions hearing Thursday on drug charges and 52 counts of possession of child pornography filed in November. He's been in jail since.
Defense attorney John Wallace asked for more time to prepare for a trial on the drug and child pornography charges. He also wants the trial for those charges moved.
"I have extreme concerns whether or not he can receive a fair trial at this point on these two cases, in light of the fact the publicity on the new case," said Wallace.
"If I have defense council telling me that he will not be prepared, I'm going to have to arrange for another date," said Hon. Michael Judge.
Hanson's preliminary hearing on the homicide charge is set for April 24. The trial date for the drug and child pornography cases is set to start May 6.
After the hearing, Biskupic says he's confident Hanson's trial on the drug and child pornography charges will stay in Oconto County.
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