It was noted during the court proceedings that Kehrer has no significant criminal history, although Hoffman said Kehrer was taken into custody at Graham Correctional Center in 1986. After conferring with his client, Gomric told the court the incarceration was based on a drug charge.
The court set a 9 a.m. May 27 jury trial date and pre-trial hearings at 9:30 a.m. on April 8 and May 13.
Kehrer is accused of stabbing Houser shortly before 8 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the rural Mt. Vernon club. Houser was pronounced dead at 8:50 p.m. at Crossroads Community Hospital.
Families representing the defendant and victim attended the emotional hearing — Houser’s family occupying the seats usually reserved for juries.