Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Wounded Veteran Ryan Newell was released from the Sedgwick County Jail Tuesday afternoon. Newell is accused of stalking members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who regularly protest at military funerals.
Newell walked out of the jail with his attorney shortly after 2:00 p.m. He told KAKE's Deb Farris he was fine, and wanted to thank everyone who showed support for him. Newell was released on his own recognizance with the understanding that he report to the VA hospital immediately. These conditions come in lieu of Newell's $500,000 bond.
"We'll figure it out, hopefully this will be taken care of, we'll get it figured out," said Newell.
Newell faces a felony charge of conspiracy and several misdemeanor charges. He was arrested at Wichita City Hall after investigators said he followed a vehicle carrying members of the Westboro Baptist Church from Mulvane to Downtown Wichita.
"The challenge here is to make sure that justice happens for everyone," said Assistant District Attorney Kim Parker.
Newell had several weapons in the car when he was arrested. His attorney says the defense is "fine" with the conditions of his release.
Newell's preliminary hearing is set for later this month but his attorney says that is subject to change.