CANYON CITY - Jessie Bratcher, accused of murder in a shooting death last August, won't be released from jail to be at his wife's side when she gives birth, a judge decided this week.

In a pretrial court session Monday, Feb. 9, Circuit Judge William Cramer Jr. noted that Bratcher had asked the court for the release.

Bratcher, appearing in court via videoconference from the county jail, told the judge the baby is due in the latter part of March. The couple were wed Sept. 15, after Bratcher had been arrested and lodged in jail in connection with the case.

Defense attorney Markku Sario said his client would not be a flight risk. However, Grant County District Attorney Ryan Joslin said the state would oppose any release under any conditions.

Cramer rejected the release request. He said that given the nature of the charges he would not grant the release for "this type of reason."

Bratcher is accused of shooting Jose Ceja Medina, 32, at his home on Northeast Elm Street in John Day.

The case has seen some delays as the attorneys secured and shared records in the discovery process and, more recently, the defense encountered problems in scheduling a psychiatric review for Bratcher.

On Monday, Cramer set April 6 as the new date for pretrial motions. Bratcher has not yet entered a plea in the case, but is expected to do so at that time.

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