Darby student accused of school threats pleads not guilty

Maclean William Kayser appeared with his own attorney Brian Lebsock in Ravalli County District Court.

A Darby High School senior accused of making threats at his school in February pleaded not guilty to charges of felony intimidation and assault with a weapon.

MacLean William Kayser, 18, appeared with his attorney in Ravalli County District Court Wednesday.

Kayser is accused of making shooting threats at Darby High School, both verbally and on social media.

Judge Jeffrey Langton reduced Kayser's bail from $50,000 to $10,000 and ordered a psychiatric evaluation.

Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright had asked for the mental health evaluation before a reduction in bail.

"But to be candid," said Fulbright, "the detention center is probably not the greatest environment for this 18-year-old young man either."

"The psych evaluation can be done within 30 days," said Kayser's attorney Brian Lebsock. He said it will be scheduled "right away."

Kayser has no prior criminal record.

Conditions of Kayser's release are that he be under house arrest with GPS monitoring under his father's supervision, with no access to weapons.

He is not permitted at Darby School and can be no closer than 1,500 feet from any school. He is prohibited from having internet access.

But if the Darby School Board permits him to complete his senior year he could be allowed remote online access for class studies.

Kayser is scheduled to make his next court appearance on March 28.

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