MADISON (WKOW) -- The six suspects connected to a violent home invasion in late February appeared in court for the first time Tuesday.
The six suspects face a total of 18 counts in this case. Police say three men broke into a home on Quincy Avenue and attacked an innocent couple.
"In going through the complaint, it's pretty obvious there's a range of culpability amongst the codefendants," says Court Commissioner Todd Meurer. "I'm trying to have that somewhat be reflected in the amount of bail."
The three men accused of breaking in are Kristopher Hughes, 20, Michon Thomas, 22, and Eric Bass, 23. All three face charges of armed robbery, conspiracy and multiple counts of first degree sexual assault.
A gruesome criminal complaint outlines the suspects' aggressive entry into the home around 4:30 a.m. while the couple was asleep. The men pistol-whipped and strangled the male victim and forced his wife, six-months pregnant, to perform sexual acts and touched her inappropriately. The court documents say the men threatened to kill the victims and held them at gunpoint.
The suspects reportedly took a long list of items from the couple's home, including wedding rings, cellphones, wallets, credit cards, a car, house keys and electronics.
The victims were both taken to the hospital and have since been released. The man suffered facial fractures.
Three others are accused of helping plan the invasion, including Efemia Neumaier, 21, who according to the criminal complaint is the victims' neighbor. She's charged with conspiracy, accused of suggesting a target for the crime. Police say she had the wrong house though, and the suspects knew that shortly after breaking in, but still attacked the innocent couple.
"In reviewing the facts in this case as reflected in the criminal complaint, I think it's fair to say that but for Miss Neumaier's involvement, these crimes would not have occurred," Assistant District Attorney Matthew Moeser told the court commissioner Tuesday.
Police say the two others involved are DeAndre Mayweathers, 23, and Demarco Mallit, 22. Mallit is charged with harboring or aiding a felon and theft. Mayweathers is charged with conspiracy.
All six suspects appeared in court but only five were officially charged. An initial appearance for Bass was delayed until Wednesday, awaiting his attorney.
The court commissioner set bail for both Hughes and Thomas at $50,000 because of the seriousness of the charges. Bail for Mallit and Neumaier is $5,000 and $10,000 for Mayweathers.
Moeser told the courtroom additional charges are possible for Mayweathers and possibly others as more information is released by the Madison Police Department.
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