In February 2009, a man agreed to pay Hummel $5,000 after the defense attorney told the man he "would have a better chance for a deal" and could be released from jail that day, the charges state. Hummel also told the man he could face additional charges if he did not sign over his weapons a pistol, rifle and shotgun to Hummel as a retainer, according to court documents.
"The victim was naive to the system and how it works, trusted [Hummel] and, further, wanted to be out of jail that day," the charges state.
According to charges filed in March, Hummel made similar demands of other defendants:
• In August 2008, Hummel told a man he would have to spend another 30 days in jail without handing over further compensation. The man gave Hummel a gun and cash.
• In January 2009, Hummel received $2,500 from an indigent defendant and then failed to appear for mandatory hearings.
• Another indigent defendant signed over three guns to Hummel in February 2009.
• In May 2009, Hummel asked an indigent client for guns, horses or money. He was promised, but never received, $500 worth of archery equipment.
• While representing a women on theft charges, Hummel asked for additional pay and received two 32-inch televisions, an iPod, a digital camera, a video camera, a PlayStation 3, a DVD player and two computers.
Attempts to reach Hummel were not immediately successful Thursday. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 20 in Panguitch before 4th District Judge James Taylor.
Court documents indicate Hummel intends to hire his own attorney.