The brother of a Waterford man accused of attempted murder stood before a judge in Caledonia Superior Court on Wednesday accused of committing a crime related to his brother’s case.
Keith Powers, 63, of Waterford, pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstructing justice. He was released after signing for a $10,000 appearance bond set by Judge Howard E. VanBenthuysen.
Powers’ brother, Ricky Powers, 57, was charged with attempted murder on Monday and ordered held without bail after being accused of shooting at nephew Randy Bedard, 49, twice on Route 18 Sunday. Keith Powers is accused of threatening Bedard on Tuesday morning.
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The bond applied to Keith Powers was ordered after Deputy Caledonia County State’s Attorney Jessica Zaleski asked the court to set bail at $10,000 cash due to Keith Powers’ criminal record, which includes two failures to appear in court and also due to public safety concerns.
“In particular, Mr. Bedard’s safety,” said Zaleski in her argument to the court.
Defense attorney Andrew Higley argued that $10,000 was far more than his client could afford and would amount to a hold-without-bail.
The court also set conditions of release prohibiting Keith Powers possessing firearms and from contacting, abusing, harassing or going within 300 feet of Bedard.
According to an affidavit filed by Vermont State Police Tpr. David Upson Jr., Keith Powers threatened Bedard the morning after his brothers’ arraignment after seeing him drive past his his home at 762 Shadow Lake Road in Waterford.
“You better retract your statements that you made about my brother in court or you’ll end up dead,” said Keith Powers, according to the affidavit.
Bedard told police Keith Powers had waved him down after coming out of his residence wearing “long johns and a tee shirt,” according to the report.
“You don’t think he shot at me?” responded Bedard, according to the report.
“Keith responded by yelling back ‘Where’s your f****** bullet holes?’”
Police have said that no bullet holes were found in Bedard’s vehicle after the reported shooting and no empty shells were found on the ground in the two areas along Route 18 where Bedard claimed Ricky Powers shot at him Sunday.
Ricky Powers is accused of following Bedard along Route 18 in Waterford just after 2 p.m. Sunday and twice pulling over, kneeling near the center line and firing a rifle at Bedard’s vehicle.
“Bedard advised Keith and Ricky Powers are his uncles and in the past 20 years has had many violent confrontations with them some reported some not ,” wrote Upson. “Bedard is concerned for his safety and the safety of his family from retaliation from Keith regarding the ongoing criminal case with Ricky while Ricky is incarcerated.”
Bedard said he has no idea what prompted the alleged shooting incident on Sunday which he said began when Ricky Powers passed him in a red 1996 Ford truck as Bedard was driving past Keith Powers’ residence at 762 Shadow Lake Road. Keith Powers is a key witness in the attempted murder case because he told police he had seen his brother pull-up in front of his house Sunday and then back into his driveway at about 2 p.m. before pulling-out again and driving toward Route 18 where the alleged shooting took place.