The Ottumwa Courier

July 2, 2013

Bond reduced for attempted murder suspect

By CHELSEA DAVIS
Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — While the court denied an attempted murder suspect's request to be transferred to a substance abuse treatment facility, his bond reduction request was granted.

Clint Michael Loveall, 34, was charged with attempted murder on April 5, hours after an Ottumwa police officer stopped a car and discovered a stabbing victim inside.

The victim, a 40-year-old male, was suffering from multiple stab wounds from an encounter at Royal Rest Motel, 2211 Roemer Ave., earlier that morning.

Loveall was sent to Wapello County Jail and held on $25,000 cash-only bond.

But during a hearing this week, his bond was reduced to $10,000 with 10 percent cash or surety after his attorney filed a motion stating that Loveall "is presently incarcerated without financial resources to post bail at its current level," according to court documents.

In May, the court denied Loveall's request to be released to the Iowa Residential Treatment Center in Mount Pleasant. He said he has had a "long-standing substance abuse history [and] that he was under the influence when the incident allegedly occurred," according to court documents.

But the state said the IRTC is not a secure facility, and the violent nature of Loveall's alleged offense, as well as his previous criminal record, mean he should not be transferred.

Loveall has pleaded not guilty to the charge and will go to trial on Aug. 6.