BEATRICE – A 72-year-old Beatrice man today pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted 2nd-degree murder, and three other felony counts.
Clyde Rice entered innocent pleas on the murder charge and charges of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, making a terroristic threat and leaving the scene of an injury accident.
Rice was arrested by Beatrice Police in late August after he allegedly drove his vehicle into another man, knocking him some 30 feet away. Police had responded to a report of an assault in the 100-block of High Street. They found that Rice had allegedly discharged pepper spray in the face of another man, before getting in his vehicle and driving in a wide circle around him.
Police say that’s when Rice allegedly drove into the other man. 33-year-old James Cramer was taken to a local hospital with cuts and bruises, was treated for injuries, and released.
Rice remains in custody at the Gage County Jail. Records show he was sentenced to a 1-to-2-year prison term for manslaughter in Lancaster County, in the late 1970s.
District Judge Julie Smith scheduled a pre-trial conference in the case against Rice, for November 2nd.