Monday, April 6, 2009

Attempted Murder Bond Hearing

I monitored Judge LeBlanc's handling of a bond motion in State v. Edwin Flores (2009CF3163) and was impressed with his concern for the victim's safety in this matter. The defendant and his girlfriend were engaged in a dispute when the victim attempted to intervene and asked them to leave her property. The defendant allegedly stabbed her intentionally.

Flores was granted a bond of $100k by the I/A (initial appearance) judge. The victim testified that she has received a number of threatening phone calls from an unknown female since Flores' arrest. Assistant State's Attorney Kashi did a good job arguing for the bond to not be reduced and cited the fact that the defendant has been arrested nearly a dozen times over the past ten years in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties for drug, assault, traffic, burglary and robbery charges, most of which were ultimately dropped.

I hope a thorough investigation of the threatening calls is done so that the victim can be safe.

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