|Bail denied for man facing 2014 trial|
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: Jul 21, 2012
A judge yesterday refused bail for a man accused of armed robbery.
Jamal Ingraham denied that he kidnapped Deborah Smith on November 12, 2011 and robbed her of a cell phone and $290 cash at an arraignment before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs.
His trial is scheduled to begin on March 10, 2014.
Prosecutor Kevin Farrington objected to Ingraham’s release on bail, saying that there was a possibility he would interfere with the alleged victim if released.
Farrington also argued that the amended Bail Act quantified a reasonable delay as three years and Farrington’s trial is set within that period.
Ingraham initially denied having previous convictions, but acknowledged that he had antecedents when shown his police record.
He claimed that the convictions had “slipped” his mind when asked about them earlier.
Isaacs said, “That does not place a great deal of confidence in this court to grant you bail since it may slip your mind to appear for trial.”
Farrington acknowledged that Ingraham’s previous convictions were not of a similar nature.
Isaacs exercised his discretion and refused the bail bid.