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Archive for Thursday, September 18, 1997

BOND REDUCED FOR STABBING DEFENDANTS

September 18, 1997

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Bond was reduced Wednesday for several defendants involved in a gang-related fight in which three people were hospitalized.

A Douglas County judge reduced bond Wednesday for four of five young men who have been charged in the Sept. 7 gang-related stabbing incident where three other youths were injured.

District Judge Michael Malone also continued preliminary hearings for the five defendants to 9 a.m. Sept. 25 in district court.

Rick Trapp, assistant district attorney, had asked to continue the preliminary hearings for two weeks.

Trapp said one of the victims was still in the hospital with "serious medical problems," which include paralysis in one leg and possible paralysis in the other. Trapp said he needs to talk to that victim before he can proceed with prosecution.

Malone agreed to reduce bail for those who were still in custody.

Jason Robert Freeman, 18, 1717 Vt., and Skyland John Love, 18, 1632 E. 18th, have each been charged with three counts of aiding and abetting attempted second-degree murder. Freeman's bond was reduced from $150,000 to $75,000. Love's bond was dropped from $100,000 to $50,000.

Richard Francis Jarrett Jr., 23, 1402 N.Y., has been charged with aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. His bond was reduced from $10,000 to $5,000.

Michael Scott Blanck, 18, 1311 Monterey Way, and James Donald Vick, 18, 1908 E. 19th, have each been charged with aggravated battery. Vick's bond was reduced from $50,000 to $25,000. Blanck was already out on bond.

The defendants were told if they made bond, they would have a curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and could not come into contact with any of the alleged victims or witnesses.

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