PENDLETON — The defense attorney for drug-crimes defendant Jason Lybrand of Pendleton said he working to submit key motions for the case.

Lybrand appeared Monday morning for a hearing at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Pendleton, along with his attorney Michael Breiling of Pendleton. Breiling told Circuit Judge Jon Lieuallen that he was working on a couple of motions, one which would be complex.

Kate Hansen, deputy district attorney, said Breiling made statements before about the motions but has not explained what he intends to file. She asked the court to set a firm date to file motions.

Lieuallen said all motions are due Feb. 24, which is enough time for the state to respond and the defense to reply before trial begins in April.

Lybrand, 46, owns and operates Wicked Kitty Tattoo & Piercing in downtown Pendleton. He has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of possession and delivery of methamphetamine and delivery of a federal Schedule III substance (methandrostenolone, a steroid) and misdemeanor charges of delivery of marijuana and possession of the Schedule IV opioid pain killer tramadol. He remains free on bail.

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