A Hannibal man will appear for trial in February for a felony controlled substance charge, and a trial date will be set Friday, Nov. 3 for four charges also stemming from a February incident and brief police pursuit.

A Hannibal man will appear for trial in February for a felony controlled substance charge, and a trial date will be set Friday, Nov. 3 for four charges also stemming from a February incident and brief police pursuit.

Jason S. Coulter, of Hannibal, appeared by videoconference before Judge Christina Mennemeyer at the Hannibal Marion County Courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 2. Public defender Jennifer Richardson represents the defendant. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represents the state. Judge Mennemeyer scheduled a two-day jury trial for Thursday, Feb. 8, with a backup date of Wednesday, Feb. 28. Coulter will appear before Judge John Jackson to schedule a jury trial for four charges related to the February incidents on Friday, Nov. 3, in Marion County Associate Court

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 felony 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 charge 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