St. Petersburg Times--Hernando

Accused deputy's bond set
By Times Staff Writer
Published June 26, 2005

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BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando County sheriff's deputy who is accused of trying to blow up his house with his wife in it made his first appearance in front of a judge Saturday morning at the Hernando County Jail.

Circuit Judge Richard Tombrink set bond for Deputy Daniel Spiese at $1,000. Spiese was expected to pay and be released later in the afternoon, according to Peyton Hyslop, his attorney.

Spiese also was ordered to not have any contact with his wife.

A court date was set for Aug. 2.

Hyslop, the former County Judge who now has a private law practice, said he was concerned about the sheriff's department investigation because not only does the accused work for the sheriff's department but the alleged victim does, too. Constance Spiese, he said, does background checks on new employees, among other things. "That's why she'd have a close association with the detectives," he said.

Daniel Spiese, 51, who has been with the sheriff's department for 26 years, turned himself in to the jail Friday afternoon after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was charged with attempted arson, a second-degree felony, Hyslop said, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

The sheriff's department began looking in to all of this on June 17 after Constance Spiese filed a complaint. A gas grill had been turned on and the valve on the propane tank was opened, a sheriff's report stated, releasing into the couple's home the highly combustible gas.

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