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Ko Released On Bond, Attorney Files Notice Of Defense Of Mental Disease

Dongwook Ko

Seventeen-year-old Dongwook “Mikey” Ko posted bail Wednesday and is on GPS-monitored house arrest, according to jail officials. (Courtesy Monroe County Jail)

A Bloomington boy accused of stabbing and choking a 13-year-old acquaintance at a Jacobs School of Music building last month has been released on bond from the Monroe County Jail and is now on GPS-monitored house arrest.

Seventeen-year-old Dongwook “Mikey” Ko posted bail yesterday and is on GPS-monitored house arrest, according to jail officials.

He is charged with attempted murder and three other felony counts.

At a bail hearing last week, Judge Darcie Fawcett ruled that if Ko posted 10 percent of his $150,000 bond and $500 cash, he’d be placed on house arrest and monitored with a GPS ankle bracelet.

Ko’s attorney, Carl Salzmann, today submitted a notice of defense of mental disease or defect to the court.

The notice requests that the court appoint two or three “competent, disinterested psychiatrists or psychologists” to examine Ko under Salzmann’s supervision.

At the bail hearing, Ko’s mother, Jeeyeon Kim, requested that his bail be reduced so she could use the money to admit him to Bloomington Meadows Hospital, a mental health facility.

Ko is a South Korean citizen and has lived in the U.S. with Kim since they moved to Bloomington in 2011. Kim is here on an F1 student visa as a graduate student at Indiana University.

Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain says because Ko is a foreign national and his charges were deemed severe, he notified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

He says the purpose of notifying ICE is to let them know in case they want to place a detainer, or hold, on whomever is in custody. If ICE does request a hold, Swain says the sheriff’s office will hold the person for 48 hours, regardless of whether or not they have posted bond.

ICE policy states that the purpose of a hold is to notify local law enforcement of its “intent to assume custody of an individual” who has been detained by federal, state or local officials. ICE only places detainers on foreign nationals “arrested on criminal charges for whom ICE possesses probable cause to believe that they are removable from the United States.”

Swain came under fire earlier this month in the wake of national immigration policy protests for his ICE reporting policy. 

A Monroe County Jail official says there is no record of an ICE hold being placed on Ko.

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