By Ethan Colbert
On Wednesday, Pike County Associate Circuit Court Judge David H. Ash reduced the bond of Gregory L. Nulsen and Andrew R. Nulsen, who are both accused of verbally harassing members of a rural Pike County church congregation earlier this year.
According to court records filed with the Pike County Circuit Court Clerk’s office, the two men allegedly confronted members of 1 Way Ministry, a nondenominational church located at 20553 Pike County Road No. 255, as church members were leaving the church following a worship service.
According to members of the congregation quoted in the probable cause statement, the two men allegedly yelled repeated profanities and approached a member of the congregation in a threatening manner.
In court on Wednesday, John D. James, the attorney representing the two men, announced that his clients would be waiving their right to a formal arraignment. James also requested that the bond of both Gregory L. Nulsen, 36, and Andrew R. Nulsen, 26, be reduced.
Per the defense attorney’s request, his clients would be instructed to have no contact with the church congregation or with their neighbors, who are also attendees at the church.
When asked by Ash for the state’s position, Pike County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Fisher said he was opposed to any bond reduction for the Nulsens.
“If they are released on bond, they will be back out there in the same neighborhood,” Fisher said in court. “We don’t believe that they will abide by the court’s rules of no contact.”
Ultimately, Ash ordered the $5,000 cash only bond of Gregory Nulsen reduced to $5,000 with 10 percent cash or surety. Ash also ordered Andrew Nulsen’s original bond of $5,000 reduced to 10 percent with cash.
“I understand that you may live in the same neighborhood and that you may pass each other on the road,” Ash said. “However, you are not to make any contact with them. You are not to talk to them, wave at them or anything.”
According to court officials, should the two men violate the terms of their bond agreement then they would be arrested.
The two men are scheduled to return to a Pike County courtroom at 1:30 p.m. on September 12.
According to electronic court records, the two men are each facing four counts of the Class E Felony of Harassment. Should the two men be found guilty in the court of law, then they could be sentenced, per charge, to up to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections or one year in the county jail.