Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Missouri Judge Refuses to Release Saudi Student After He Posted $2M Bond
Opposing Views ^ | 06/005/2013 | By Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht

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.

Abid’s 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 Abid’s 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 owner’s 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 judge’s 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 His student visa had been revoked and she feared the government would deport him to Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, before he could go to trial.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 owner’s 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."

Abid’s case will go to trial Aug. 20, nearly a year after the bar-owner’s murder.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: bail; saudi
A saudi avation student? Gee. Based on what we know about them, why we ought to be able to trust him right?

/s

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?

~Sheesh~

1 posted on 06/05/2013 12:52:52 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
First degree murder is not capital murder?

WTF ??!??

2 posted on 06/05/2013 12:55:30 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I can't prove it, but they're true)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

How is an aviation student not a flight risk?


3 posted on 06/05/2013 12:56:27 PM PDT by henkster (I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Just wait until Moo waltzes in with a guy from the consulate. The IRS is pulling this judge’s file as we speak.


4 posted on 06/05/2013 12:56:34 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
I'm good with the concept of "held without bail" -- sometimes that may be appropriate.

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.

5 posted on 06/05/2013 12:58:16 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: henkster
How is an aviation student not a flight risk?

That's the first clue and a Saudi too, nothing to see here folks.
6 posted on 06/05/2013 1:01:54 PM PDT by ForAmerica (Texas Conservative Christian Black Man!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
'she feared the government would deport him to Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, before he could go to trial.'

Lol. Saudi Arabia has no extradition treaty with US.

7 posted on 06/05/2013 1:03:23 PM PDT by Theoria
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

He may end up with a severe sore throat just like the Boston bomber and not be able to answer questions.

http://www.jewishjournal.com/nation/article/suspected_marathon_bomber_may_never_speak_again_israeli_director_of_boston


8 posted on 06/05/2013 1:03:24 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: knarf
First degree murder is not capital murder?

This whole controversy would go away if the prosecutor would just refile the charges as a capital murder.

9 posted on 06/05/2013 1:04:38 PM PDT by Leaning Right
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: knarf

You would think that contract killing are at least.


10 posted on 06/05/2013 1:04:40 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
Hasn't America learned its lesson?

Saudia Arabian aviation student?

Come on wake up!!

11 posted on 06/05/2013 1:08:03 PM PDT by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

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.


12 posted on 06/05/2013 1:11:36 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PALIN SMITH

A Saudi aviation student who has overstayed his visa. Where have we heard that before?


13 posted on 06/05/2013 1:23:44 PM PDT by Oldexpat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: henkster

Wasn’t the Saudi that flew out after the Boston bombing connected to aviation, too?


14 posted on 06/05/2013 1:28:06 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Oldexpat

Janet Napalitono, always on guard to serve and protect.


15 posted on 06/05/2013 1:29:46 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: PALIN SMITH

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.


16 posted on 06/05/2013 1:31:11 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: henkster

” How is an aviation student not a flight risk?”

Probably because he’s learning how to take off, but not to land.


17 posted on 06/05/2013 1:36:12 PM PDT by lowbridge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

WTH??? We got MORE Saudi “aviation students” here!!! Isn’t there an adult ANYWHERE anymore?


18 posted on 06/05/2013 1:37:21 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
Abid’s attorneys, including a former U.S. attorney for Missouri
How does a "student" afford high-powered attorneys?
19 posted on 06/05/2013 1:37:57 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ClearCase_guy

Nailed it.


20 posted on 06/05/2013 1:42:39 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

This guy is a flight risk in more ways than one. The judge showed sound judgement on this.


21 posted on 06/05/2013 1:47:10 PM PDT by House Atreides
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

A Muslim aviation student....right near our main bomber base Whiteman AFB.....same base where we launch many of our bombing raids from.

Didn’t learn anything from 9/11


22 posted on 06/05/2013 1:47:35 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: oh8eleven

How does a “student” afford high-powered attorneys?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You did see the part in the article where the Saudi government paid the 2 million dollar bail?


23 posted on 06/05/2013 1:53:48 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: ClearCase_guy

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.


Does the Costitution apply to foreign nationals?


24 posted on 06/05/2013 2:22:11 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Obviously 2 million dollars bail is not excessive, in fact, 2 billion dollars bail is probably not excessive. Since the Saudi’s are footing the bill and the kid is a definite for fleeing with the help of the Saudi national government and John Kerry-Heinz, 2 billion wouldn’t be excessive.


25 posted on 06/05/2013 2:51:22 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Truth - the new hate speech!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KittenClaws
Does the Costitution apply to foreign nationals?

If they are charged with crimes, then yes, the Constitutional provisions related to due process in criminal proceedings apply.

The Bill of Rights does not "grant" rights, it restricts the government's ability to deny the inalienable rights that all people are endowed with.

26 posted on 06/05/2013 4:19:17 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
You did see the part in the article where the Saudi government paid the 2 million dollar bail?
Duh. You mean I gave to read the WHOLE article? :)
27 posted on 06/05/2013 5:31:59 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

I hope the f***er gets shot.


28 posted on 06/05/2013 6:12:10 PM PDT by Amberdawn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson