Medical Ills Delay Voden Court Hearing

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The pre-trial conference for a man charged with second-degree murder of his neighbor was postponed Thursday for medical reasons, according to attorneys.

Michael Voden was set to appear in court, but could not because he was in the Valley at a doctor’s appointment, said Voden’s lawyer Michael Bernays.

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Mike Voden

Bernays explained Voden has been seeing a doctor daily in Payson to deal with a knee infection. Why he needed to see a Valley doctor Thursday was not discussed.

Bernays said Voden could not attend a court session for one to two weeks.

Chief Deputy Shawn Fuller, with the Gila County Attorney’s Office, did not object to the delay.

A new hearing date was not set.

Voden is accused of murdering his neighbor Randy Burnett after Burnett entered Voden’s yard to retrieve his dog. Voden told detectives Burnett approached him in a threatening manner and he was acting in self-defense.

Voden has since been under house arrest awaiting trial, unable to own a gun or leave his property on Rancho Road unless visiting the doctor or speaking with Bernays.

Because of his knee treatments, Voden is frequently seen driving in Payson. This has alarmed several residents. Payson Police Det. Matt Van Camp said Voden is closely monitored.

While police are authorized to search Voden’s home up to once every month to make sure he doesn’t have a weapon, Van Camp said they have not ever actually searched his house due to time and scheduling issues.

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