JEFFERSONVILLE — The three suspects charged in connection with the shooting of a Nabb man at his home last week appeared for their initial hearings in Clark County on Monday.

James Berna, Dalton Skirvin and Alexander Jester, all of Madison, appeared in Clark County Circuit No. 4 Monday afternoon where a not guilty plea was entered on behalf of each. Berna faces a level 3 felony for aggravated assault posing a substantial risk of death, and each suspect also faces a level 6 felony for obstruction of justice.

After the hearing, the suspects’ bonds remained the same as they have since their arrest — Berna is held on $50,000 and Skirvin and Jester each on $10,000. The bonds are cash only.

On May 15, Clark County police responded to the 2100 block of Indiana 362 where they found the victim, 39-year-old Christopher Hammill, had been shot below his right eye. He was transported to University of Louisville hospital, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that he remained in critical condition.

Court records show that the three suspects were friends with Hammill and had been at his home when Berna allegedly shot the victim. It is believed that the three suspects then fled the scene, throwing the gun out along the way.

They were arrested in Putnam County, Tenn., roughly nine hours after the shooting, when authorities there made a traffic stop on the vehicle and matched the description to information Clark County had put out to law enforcement agencies across the country.

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

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