PAXTON — A warrant was issued for the arrest of a Gibson City man Monday after he failed to appear in Ford County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing.
Upon the recommendation of State’s Attorney Andrew Killian, Judge Matt Fitton agreed to issue the warrant for the arrest of Adit P. Bhiday, 43, of the 800 block of North Bell Street.
Bhiday is charged in Ford County Circuit Court with three Class 4 felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly threatening to "blow up" his wife’s teenaged niece at her school in February. Bhiday was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. Monday but called the court just prior to the hearing saying he was running about 45 minutes late.
Bhiday’s court-appointed public defender, Harvey Welch of Urbana, generally objected to the issuance of the warrant but said he also understands that it is common practice to issue warrants when defendants fail to appear as scheduled.
In asking for the warrant, Killian noted that Gibson City Police Sgt. Kaleb Kraft and the alleged victim’s mother were both present in court to provide testimony to establish probable cause for the case to proceed.
In granting the warrant, Fitton noted that "calling the court (in advance) doesn’t give any person the right to not be here" for a scheduled hearing, adding that Bhiday was not running just a few minutes late.
Killian asked that bond on the warrant be set at $9,000 — $3,000 above Bhiday’s original bond. Fitton, however, agreed to keep bond at $6,000, meaning Bhiday would need to pay $600 to be released from the Ford County Jail after he is arrested on the warrant.
Last month, Bhiday told the Ford County Record that his wife’s niece concocted the story about him making the threat on the night of Feb. 10 in an attempt to frame him and break up his marriage.
According to an arrest report from Kraft, the girl and her two sisters, accompanied by their mother, told Gibson City police that they heard Bhiday tell the girl, "I will blow you up at your school." Their friend who was present also mentioned the bomb threat to her father after arriving home. The girl also claimed that Bhiday told her she was on his "hit list" three days earlier, the arrest report said.
Bhiday, if convicted, faces a sentence ranging from probation to up to three years in prison.