Oscar Kays in court

79-year-old Oscar Kays of Jeffersonville is being held on a $1 million dollar bond after being charged with counts of attempted murder, aggravated battery, and resisting law enforcement.

JEFFERSONVILLE — A man accused of shooting and wounding an Indiana State Police trooper during a traffic stop in December is seeking a bond reduction for medical issues.

Oscar Kays, 79, appeared in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 Thursday, at which time his attorney requested a reduction of the $1 million cash-only bond that was set Dec. 13 by Judge Andrew Adams.

Adams ordered Kays to undergo a physical evaluation and a mental competency evaluation before he makes a decision on bond, online court records show.

Kays was arrested Dec. 11 after allegedly shooting ISP Trooper Morgenn Evans during a traffic stop, causing a head wound Evans has since recovered from, and then fleeing the scene. Police later found Kays at his Jeffersonville home where he exited the home with a gun before surrendering to police. Kays does not have a prior criminal history.

Kays is facing a level 1 felony for attempted murder, a level 3 felony for aggravated battery and a level 6 felony for resisting arrest. Combined the charges carry a potential sentence of 23 and a half to 68 and a half years in prison. Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said during the December hearing that he would also be seeking an enhancement, which could carry an additional 20 years.

Kays has a final pretrial conference scheduled for March 8 with a jury trial scheduled for April 3 at 8:30 a.m.

Aprile Rickert is the crime and courts reporter at the News and Tribune. Contact her via email at aprile.rickert@newsandtribune.com or by phone at 812-206-2115. Follow her on Twitter: @Aperoll27.