Supervised Release Not Reinstated for Dan Morrissey

By Tina Hinz, The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO, Iowa — A judge did not reinstate the supervised release for Daniel Morrissey, but the bond amount has been lowered. Morrissey, 36, the father of one of the abducted cousins from Evansdale, is set to stand trial for drug charges starting Monday in Davenport. He was arrested earlier this month for failing to keep appointments with a pretrial probation officer and allegedly using drugs.

A report indicates Morrissey tested positive for meth and marijuana as recently as Feb. 4. He disputed the results, and the test was sent to a lab for confirmation.

On Monday, his attorney Kevin Schoeberl said Morrissey now admits to the violations, but noted "an issue of whether or not he was aware of all the appointments."

Schoeberl asked Judge David Staudt to consider what Morrissey has been through in recent months. "He obviously went into a tailspin here in December," Schoeberl said, referring to the discovery of his daughter's body Dec. 5 and subsequent memorial service. "You add that to someone struggling with substance abuse, and we're going to run into a problem like this."

But Staudt pointed to the large number of intentional violations, including those predating the December events.

"This is not a situation where the defendant has missed one or two appointments," he said. "This is a pattern ... plus he was using drugs, so it does explain why he doesn't go to his appointments for fear that he's going to get drug tested."

Staudt set the bond at $75,000, down from $125,000, for this particular case.
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