The state is asking a judge to put Michael Voden back in jail to await trial for second-degree murder after he recently exhibited some “disconcerting” behavior.
Voden is accused of killing his neighbor Randy Burnett on Nov. 9 during a dispute about a loose dog.
Since posting bond Dec. 20, Voden has been on house arrest, unable to leave his property except for visits to the doctor or his lawyer. Voden must at all other times keep his property gates locked, wear an ankle-monitoring device, have no firearms or contact with Burnett’s widow — who no longer lives in the house next door.
On the morning of May 13, Voden reportedly made an unexpected stop.
While at a stop sign at Highway 87 and Rancho Road, Voden allegedly got out of his vehicle and approached a vehicle stopped behind him, according to a motion filed by Shawn Fuller, chief deputy attorney for the Gila County Attorney’s Office.
Voden asked the couple why they were leaving a home in the area and if they planned on buying the house, Fuller wrote.
Payson Police Det. Matt VanCamp saw Voden talking with the couple, but Voden had left before the detective had a chance to question him.
VanCamp spoke with the couple, the male driver was a police officer from Douglas. The man said they didn’t know Voden or why he asked them about the house. The house is not for sale and the couple was just visiting, according to court documents.
“Although the defendant did not act in a threatening or aggressive manner during the confrontation, such behavior, when
viewed in light of the facts of this case, create the potential for violence,” Fuller wrote. “The defendant, by confronting two citizens on a public street and asking them questions about their identity and what their business was in regard to a house in the area, is disconcerting.”
When contacted about the incident, Burnett’s wife (Brenda) “relayed fears that the defendant could hurt someone else,” Fuller wrote. Brenda Burnett always wanted Voden kept in jail until the trial. Judge Robert Duber, however, lowered Voden’s bond and he was released.
No trial date has been set in the case. Duber will rule on the GCAO’s motion to revoke Voden’s release conditions at 1:30 p.m. June 12 in Payson.
Until then, Duber has admonished Voden about his release conditions and not to have contact with anyone on the street to and from the hospital.