A Hannibal man faces arraignment for a controlled substance charge, and a plea hearing or trial setting is scheduled for September for four charges stemming from a February incident and brief police pursuit.

A Hannibal man faces arraignment for a controlled substance charge, and a plea hearing or trial setting is scheduled for September for four charges stemming from a February incident and brief police pursuit.

Jason S. Coulter, of Hannibal, appeared before Judge John Jackson in Marion County Associate Court on Monday, Aug. 28. Public Defender Jennifer Richardson represented the defendant. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represented the state. Jackson continued a plea or trial setting hearing for Coulter to 9 a.m. Monday, September 11, for four misdemeanor charges. Coulter also faces a preliminary hearing on the same date for a Class B felony burglary charge.

Jackson also bound Coulter over to Marion County Circuit Court for a Class D felony of possession of a controlled substance. The defendant is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29. Previous hearings were delayed following a request by Marion County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Garreth Cooksey for a state psychiatric exam Monday, Feb. 27.

Warrants for Coulter’s charges were issued Tuesday, Feb. 14, following a short police pursuit. According to the Hannibal Police Department, officers attempted to stop Coulter’s vehicle on Route MM, so they could contact him about a report of violating an order of protection.

In addition to a charge of violation of an order of protection, Coulter faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of domestic assault, a class B felony of first-degree burglary, a Class B misdemeanor charge of second-degree property damage and a class D felony of possession of a controlled substance, according to online court records. Coulter was charged with property damage on Feb. 17, stemming from a defaced headstone at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Witnesses observed what appeared to be Coulter’s truck near the grave site. Officers discovered derogatory and vulgar statements written on a headstone that memorialized a relative of Coulter’s estranged spouse. Previously, Coulter allegedly entered her home and would not let her leave the night of Jan. 9. Following questioning and officers witnessing red marks on his wife’s neck, Coulter was arrested for domestic assault.

Coulter’s record includes previous felony convictions of assaulting a law enforcement officer and second-degree burglary. He is housed in the Marion County Jail on cash-only bonds of $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 along with a $10,000 surety bond.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com