Friday, May 15, 2015

Bail increased for dad charged in 2009 death of 4-month-old son (Sioux City, Iowa)

Dad is identified as PAUL HILL. Outrageous that he is being considered for bail for this second trial when he harassed mom/the family when he was out on bail the first time.

Bail increased for Sioux City father charged in baby's death

May 13, 2015 5:30 pm • NICK HYTREK

SIOUX CITY | A judge has increased the bail for a Sioux City man facing a new trial for the death of his 4-month-old daughter.

Senior Judge Gary Wenell raised Paul Hill's bail to $100,000 from $50,000 in an order filed Monday in Woodbury County District Court.

Hill, 25, has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment causing death for Tryniti Jo Hill's Feb. 17, 2009, death and is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 4. He remains in the Woodbury County Jail.

Assistant Woodbury County Attorney Jill Esteves had requested the bail increase, saying Hill was a risk to leave the area if released from custody because he has no local family ties. Tryniti's aunt also testified that Hill harassed the family while out on bail before his first trial.

Hill's attorneys had asked that his bail remain unchanged, saying he had attended all his hearings before his first trial.

Hill was found guilty in June 2010 and sentenced to 50 years in prison but was granted a new trial in January, when the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that a district court judge should have granted Hill's application for postconviction relief and a new trial.

Hill claimed that police questioning him violated his right to remain silent when he admitted to striking Tryniti in the abdomen while buckling her into a car seat.