Ramona Morgan motion ( .PDF )
A woman charged in Osage County with fleeing and attempting to elude police, as well as other traffic charges, asked a judge to reduce the case to one charge of speeding.
In a letter to Magistrate Jon Stephen Jones, Ramona Morgan also wrote that she fired her attorney, apparently because he couldn't get her bond reduced below $1 million.
"I have spent 99 days in jail. Please consider time served, probation and a $500 fine," Morgan, 48, wrote in the letter presented to Jones on Wednesday.
Morgan also is charged in Douglas County with two counts of reckless second-degree murder in the Sept. 11 hit-and-run deaths of two highway workers on U.S. Highway 59 near Pleasant Grove. Minutes after the incident south of Lawrence, law enforcement officers chased and stopped a truck in Osage County matching the description of the truck that hit the workers. Morgan, who was traveling with her 26-year-old daughter, allegedly was driving.
During a court appearance Wednesday, the magistrate refused to reduce the bond. County Attorney Brandon Jones, who is no relation to the magistrate, reiterated previous arguments he'd made against reducing the bond, including saying that Morgan was a danger to the community and that there was a high risk she would not show up for court if released.
"He says that every time I go to court. I don't appreciate that," Morgan said.
During an October court hearing, Magistrate Jones reduced Morgan's bond to $1 million from $2 million after listening to arguments from her attorney, Clinton Lee. Lee is the attorney Morgan said she fired.
Lee was not in the courtroom, having filed a motion to withdraw as Morgan's attorney. Magistrate Jones said he had already granted the motion.
Magistrate Jones told Morgan that the county attorney must decide whether he wants to reduce charges. Jones - the county attorney - said he would not reduce them.
At one point during the hearing, Morgan accused the court of being prejudiced against her because she was a woman from another state. She is from Washington state.
"Be careful what you say," Magistrate Jones told her.
Morgan said she needed three weeks to hire a new attorney. Magistrate Jones scheduled a hearing for 9 a.m. Jan. 10.
Once the Osage County case is disposed, Morgan's Douglas County case will be handled. Her bond in that case is $200,000.