Man facing assault charge
Bail has been set for a 46-year-old Delavan man charged with an assault that hospitalized his wife.
Bradley Dean Chaffee made his first court appearance Monday in Fari-bault County District Court in Blue Earth.
Chaffee has been charged with first-degree assault and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
Defense attorneys Troy Timmerman and Bill Grogin have been appointed to represent Chaffee.
At the request of County Attorney Brian Roverud, bail was set at $100,000 without conditions or $30,000 with conditions.
Judge Douglas Richards also ordered Chaffee to undergo two psychological evaluations.
Richards told Chaffee he may not have any contact with the victim or use any mood-altering substances. He also issued a domestic abuse no contact order.
According to a court complaint, deputy sheriff Jason Christenson responded to a call around 8:15 p.m. on May 21 involving an assault at a rural Delavan home.
The complaint says Chaffee allegedly struck his wife, on the back of her head with a metal pipe.
The victim told authorities she remembers being inside the couple’s home when her husband said he wanted to show her something in the garden.
The two went outside, says the complaint, with the victim leading the way.
Once outside, the victim says she felt “something hard” like a metal object strike the back of her head and she fell to the ground.
According to court papers, when the woman rose to her knees Chaffee hit her again with the pipe in the stomach and rib cage area.
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