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April 1, 2008 - Joe Gorman
The story of Reginald Everson is every cop's worst nightmare. Out on bond in a murder case and a suspect in another one.
But wait, it gets better. When police made it known last January that Everson was a suspect in the murder and robbery of an East Side auto parts clerk the night of the primary election in 2006, Everson fled to Los Angeles. He was captured by federal marshals and got a $3 million bond at the muni court level, but when the case was transfered over to the common pleas level, his lawyer managed to convince former Judge Maureen Cronin to grant her client a $15,000 bond.
Now he is accused of shooting a man Sunday in his driveway. The man later died at St. Elizabeth Health Center. He turned himself into police Tuesday afternoon.
Bond is supposed to guarantee an appearance in court, so it is hard for me to understand how someone who flees across the country can be granted a bond in the first place, but you can bet there is no way he will ever get another bond now.
I was told by the YPD chief of detectives that the ``entire detective bureau' was upset when Everson was granted bond, which is not surprising. The Agee case was one that a lot of detectives helped out on, and once Auto Zone offered a large reward last January (which also broke the case open) they went petal to the metal to try and catch these guys.
As I explained last week when I wrote about the KFC manager being robbed and paralyzed, cops raise it up a notch when they are confronted by a crime when the victim was just doing their job and minding their own business. So the Agee case was clearly one that they had a lot invested in on an emotional level.
They should watch this case and others through every step in the judicial process. But this will happen again, somewhere down the road. The cynic in me says to look at the bright side: At least no one will have to worry about him jumping bail anymore.
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