Judge refuses bail for Young Ward man charged with domestic violence

Courtesy of the Cache County Jail

LOGAN — A judge has refused to allow bail for Michael Durand. Judge Brian Cannell said he was concerned about the allegations that led to SWAT teams arresting the 39-year-old Young Ward man last week.

Durand appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning, continuing his initial appearance. He has been charged with nine counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony, and seven other misdemeanors.

Cache County Sheriff’s deputies began investigating Durand after receiving a complaint that he was a suspect in a domestic violence case. Detectives began monitoring him. In one night, they tracked him to the workplace of a female individual and also to a city in Box Elder County, where he left a death threat on the car of a male individual.

Last week, SWAT teams apprehended Durand and executed a search warrant on his home. They found multiple firearms and a large amount of ammunition. He was later booked into the Cache County Jail.

Prosecutors allege Durand has 15 arrests for domestic violence and protective order violations.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, defense attorney Shannon Demler said the firearms in his client’s home were for hunting, and never used to hurt anyone. He also requested a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors will present their evidence in the case.

Judge Cannell scheduled the hearing for December 14. He told Durand, he would reconsider bail at that time.

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