Lee H. Stellmacher may have set a local record — or at least come darn close.
The Green Lake County man charged with attempted murder posted a $1 million cash bond in Fond du Lac County Court Wednesday.
Now, for the first time in more than nine months, Stellmacher is a free man, at least for now.
His jury trial is scheduled to begin in September.
Fond du Lac County District Attorney Dan Kaminsky reacted to the million-dollar posting with surprise.
“I think it’s pretty unique,” Kaminsky told the Commonwealth. “I’ve talked to people around the office, and nobody’s ever heard of anyone posting a bond anywhere near that amount. I don’t think it’s ever happened in Fond du Lac County.”
Stellmacher, 61, N6860 Forest Ridge Road in the town of Brooklyn, was charged Sept. 1, 2011, with conspiracy to commit first-degree intentional homicide and conspiracy to commit battery or threat to a witness.
He’s accused of trying to pay money in an alleged attempt to have a local man beaten and an Indiana man killed. Charges were filed in Fond du Lac County because the allegations pertain to events that police say happened in Ripon.
Initially, Stellmacher, was held in jail without bond. Then in March, that was changed to $1 million cash at the request of the defense, with Kaminsky objecting.
On Wednesday, Stellmacher posted the money.
Court records indicate he surrendered his passport, per a condition of his bond order. It’s locked in a vault at the clerk of court’s department.
“As far as I know, we’ve never had anyone post a million dollars,” Fond du Lac County Clerk of Courts Ramona Geib said. “It was actually a wire transfer — bank to bank.” Continue reading in the June 28 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.