Lander man pleads not guilty to assaulting pregnant woman

(Lander, Wyo.) – Lander man Brandon Conard pleaded not guilty in Wyoming’s Ninth District Court today to charges of Aggravated Assault and Battery and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Those charges stem from a Feb. 7 call to his home where he allegedly struck a pregnant woman with a wooden paper towel holder. While officers were investigating the alleged assault, they reportedly found a silver spoon with a crystal residue on it which was sitting next to a hypodermic needle with a clear fluid and blood inside, the affidavit states. The spoon reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine.

Ninth District Court Judge Norman E. Young declined to lower Conard’s bond, which is currently set at $5,000 cash. Conard’s attorney Terry Martin had argued for $2,000.

Martin called the alleged victim in the case a “strange girlfriend that is unique.” He stated that his client contends he was actually being assaulted by the victim when the paper towel holder struck her. Martin acknowledged that his client does have controlled substance abuse issues and that a plan is being put into place should he be released on bond. Martin said Conard would consent to three urine analyses a week and stay under house arrest away from the alleged victim.

Deputy County Attorney Tom Majdic called Conard “an untreated addict” who is a “severe risk to this community.”

Conard has another case pending in Lander Circuit Court. It is alleged that he carried a firearm onto school property at Gannett Peak Elementary School.  Martin indicated plans to fight that charge as well. Read more about that case here.