$1M cash bond set, trial slated for May 15 in Kasemeier murder

Brandon Kasemeier, a 39-year-old resident of Waukon, has been charged with the first-degree murder of his wife, 38-year-old Jami Kasemeier. 

Brandon Kasemeier appeared in a virtual Allamakee Courtroom today, Monday, March 11, for arraignment and bond determination in connection with the January 21 death of his estranged wife Jami.  Kasemeier, who was represented by Waterloo Public Defender Aaron Hawbaker, remained silent during the 15 minute videoconference, presided by Allamakee Judge Alan Heavens and Allamakee County Attorney Anthony Gericke appearing on behalf of the state of Iowa.  Judge Heavens acknowledged the defense’s request for a speedy trial, and set a pretrial conference for April 22 at 11 a.m., with trial scheduled to begin May 15 at 9 a.m.  

Kasemeier fled the state before Jami’s body was discovered in his Waukon residence, and was arrested January 23 in Larimer County Colo., for driving under the influence.  He was then held in a Colorado jail when it was discovered he was a fugitive from Iowa.  He was extradited back to Allamakee County February 14, and has been behind bars since.  

Regarding bond, Gericke addressed the group, saying, “The state looks at Mr. Kasemeier as not a potential flight risk, but an actual flight risk.”  Gericke continued, “He was located 880 miles away, and we were able to locate him by tracking his phone to Colorado.”  

Judge Heavens then set bond for Kasemeier at $1,000,000 cash, and informed all parties that any other discussions would be reserved until the pretrial conference in April.  Kasemeier remains behind bars at Allamakee County Jail.  

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