The case against three men alleging they had a role in the death of a Cummings man continues to evolve.

The State of Kansas 22nd District Court of Doniphan County is expecting to hold appearances by Matthew C. Scherer, 30, Brian A. Spilman Jr., 22, and Scott A. Vandeloo, 44, during a criminal docket hearing set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the county courthouse, 120 E. Chestnut St. in Troy.

The men have not been formally charged with explicit responsibility for the Sept. 28 death of Jason Pantle, 42, although the death has been ruled a homicide. Instead, they each face an identical charge of aggravated battery. In Kansas, alleged violent felonies against people are charged on a scale ranging from 1 to 10, with Level 1 being the most severe. The aggravated battery allegation is a Level 4 charge.

Preliminary hearings had been set for October, but criminal proceedings have been continued until the Nov. 19 date.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation reported Pantle suffered life threatening injuries to his head as a result of the altercation on Sept. 22 at a party in the town of Doniphan, after which point a family member took him to an Atchison home.

First responders with Atchison County EMS and the Atchison Police Department transported Pantle from the home to Atchison Hospital, before his transfer to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Wyandotte County. Pantle died there on Sept. 28, and the KBI announced the opening of the homicide case on Sept. 30.

Following the serving of arrest warrants in September to the three co-defendants before Pantle died at KU Med, authorities housed them in pre-trial detention at the Leavenworth County Jail. Spilman has since been transferred to the Doniphan County Jail in Troy.

Per the latest information provided by authorities, Vandeloo and Scherer are being held on a $150,000 bond. Spilman remains confined in Troy, pending fulfillment of a $100,000 bond agreement.

Editor's Note: Because of false information provided by authorities to Atchison Globe and St. Joseph News-Press reporters, previous versions of this story have contained incorrect information. 

Brian A. Spilman Jr., 22, of Atchison, remains in confinement at the Doniphan County Jail in Troy, pending fulfillment of a $100,000 bond agreement. He hasn't been released from jail since his arrest in September on the basis of a criminal case that alleges he committed aggravated battery against Jason W. Pantle, 42, of Cummings.

On Sept. 28, while receiving treatment at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Wyandotte County, Pantle died of injuries suffered on Sept. 22 in the area of the town of Doniphan, in southern Doniphan County. 

In addition, because of a Globe reporter's error, a previous version of this story misstated the date of Pantle's death, Sept. 28. Atchison Globe apologizes for the error. 

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