Skip to comments.Missouri Judge Refuses to Release Saudi Student After He Posted $2M Bond
Posted on 06/05/2013 12:52:52 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
A Missouri college student, who was arrested in connection with the murder of a local bar owner, posted $2 million bond, but the judge still refuses to let him go.
Ziyad Abid of Saudi Arabia is accused of paying his roommate to murder William Blaine Whitworth, who was shot and killed in Warrensburg on Sept. 2, 2012, according to Yahoo. The 24-year-old aviation student at Central Missouri State could not afford $2 million bond alone, so the Saudi government posted the money for him. But Circuit Judge Michael Wagner refuses to release Abid and admits he could be in violation of the Missouri Constitution, which only allows for a suspect to be held without bond if it is a capital murder case.
The Warrensburg Police Department issued a statement in September that Johnson County Prosecutor Lynn Stoppy thinks Abid is a flight risk. Thus, Associate Court Judge Wanda Sue Dodson ruled he be held without bond.
Abids attorneys, including a former U.S. attorney for Missouri, asked an appeals court to release Abid. They believe his current judge, Wagner, is biased because of Abids nationality and should be removed.
His roommate Reginald Singletary, also a suspect in the murder case, is being held on $1 million bond. Both suspects are charged with first-degree murder not capital murder and armed criminal action.
Singletary, 27, admitted he shot Whitworth in the bar owners driveway, but claims Abid paid him to do it.
Prosecutors have not presented a motive for Abid wanting Whitworth dead. Singletary, on the other hand, had been fired for the bar a week before the shooting.
"There's no indication whatsoever this case has anything to do with any kind of subversive activity or terrorism," said defense attorney, John Osgood, the former federal prosecutor. "This is a plain, old simple murder of a bar owner done by a bouncer who was fired a week before. My client just happened to be his roommate."
Stoppy, who once called Abid a flight risk, now said she agrees with a previous judges ruling that Abid should be granted bond.
In November, Circuit Judge Jacqueline Cook also denied bond because she thought Abid could flee or be deported. His student visa had been revoked and she feared the government would deport him to Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, before he could go to trial.
Realizing the Missouri Constitution would not allow for him to be held without bail, two weeks later Cook set the bond at $2 million. That same day she retired, and the case went to Wagner.
The bar owners mother, Diane Whitworth, also worries about Abid being deported before the trial.
"We understand nothing we can do will bring our son back," she told the Associated Press. "It isn't just about one person. It's about anyone who comes to the U.S. to avail themselves of our educational system and commits a crime. They have the potential luxury of being deported before anything happens."
Abids case will go to trial Aug. 20, nearly a year after the bar-owners murder.
I'm loving the part about the Saudi government posting bail.
Hey. If muslim money was good enough to pay for Obama's college, then why not bail?
How is an aviation student not a flight risk?
Just wait until Moo waltzes in with a guy from the consulate. The IRS is pulling this judge’s file as we speak.
If you set bail at $2M, you kind of send the message: "Ha! You'll never come up with that! Good luck!"
And if they DO come up with $2M?? Well, the obvious conclusion is that the court's attempt at levying excessive bail has failed, and they need to go to Plan B which is to refuse to release.
The only problem: The Constitution is pretty clear on the concept of "excessive bail" and this particular case is an ideal example of that in action.
Lol. Saudi Arabia has no extradition treaty with US.
He may end up with a severe sore throat just like the Boston bomber and not be able to answer questions.
This whole controversy would go away if the prosecutor would just refile the charges as a capital murder.
You would think that contract killing are at least.
Saudia Arabian aviation student?
Come on wake up!!
Should have set bail at 10 trillion dollars and set up a nice rainy day fund for Missouri taxpayers. (Kidding - Kind of)
I say release him. He posted the bond.
A Saudi aviation student who has overstayed his visa. Where have we heard that before?
Wasn’t the Saudi that flew out after the Boston bombing connected to aviation, too?
Janet Napalitono, always on guard to serve and protect.
All these Saudi aviation students and now Saudi has free rein to all our airports. What could go wrong.
This reminds me of that trust game. I forget what it is called. One person gives you something of theirs that is of value and trusts you to tote it around or whatever, then comes your turn to show your trust....well your valuable never comes back.
” How is an aviation student not a flight risk?”
Probably because he’s learning how to take off, but not to land.
WTH??? We got MORE Saudi “aviation students” here!!! Isn’t there an adult ANYWHERE anymore?