The case of a Kearney woman, charged with attempted murder, was bound over to Gosper County District Court Tuesday afternoon. Deborah Rivera was originally charged with Attempted 1st Degree Murder, First Degree Assault and Use of Weapon to Commit a Felony. At the beginning of her preliminary hearing Tuesday in Gosper County Court in Elwood, Gosper County Attorney Todd Wilson presented an amended complaint changing the first charge to Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and leaving the other two charges in place.
Gosper County Chief Deputy Craig Ward testified during the hearing that around 12:50pm on September 4, 2016, he was dispatched to a report from Buffalo County that a woman threatened to harm her self and was en route to a Gosper County residence. While watching for the woman’s vehicle, a rescue unit was paged around 1:30pm for a man who had been stabbed. Chief Deputy Ward said he located Rivera’s husband, Ruben Rivera in his residence with a stab wound to the lower left side of his torso. A knife was recovered at the scene. From statements gathered at the scene, Ward testified that Deborah Rivera yelled at Ruben Rivera and threatened him. Both are 56-years-old and were estranged from each other according to a Gosper County Sheriff’s Office news release. Ward further testified that there was a struggle, when Ruben was trying to get the knife away from Deborah and he was pushed down the stairs to the basement. It was unclear from testimony at which point Ruben was allegedly stabbed. Ruben was transported to Lexington Regional Health Center and then transferred to CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney where he underwent surgery for a wound that was 4″ deep, according to court testimony. Deborah had fled the scene and was apprehended a short time later. Ruben was released from the hospital later that evening.
Gosper County Attorney Todd Wilson presented 8 pieces of evidence of which 7 was accepted for consideration by County Judge Jeff Wightman. Though Defense Attorney Charles Brewster did not present any evidence, during closing statements he raised questions that there was no information on who may have had the knife first and that Deborah could have been defending her self at the time. He also contended that there was not enough information to show intent to commit 2nd Degree Murder.
Judge Wightman ruled there was enough probable cause for all three charges and bound the case over to District Court. Rivera had previously been released from custody on bond of 10% of $200,000 which was continued. An arraignment date was not immediately set.