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Judge won't reduce Elyria murder suspect's $500,000 bond

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    Larry Hamilton Jr.



ELYRIA — A judge denied a Lorain man’s motion to reduce his bond in a murder case connected with the slaying of Zachary Mason.

Larry Hamilton Jr., 24, appeared in court with his attorney Stephen Albenze on Friday before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi.

“My client is currently being held on a $500,000 cash or $500,000 surety bond,” Albenze said. “I would ask that those bonds be lowered to something a little bit more attainable for Mr. Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton is from Lorain. He has family in Lorain. He has three small daughters in Lorain. He does work part-time selling T-shirts.”

Police have said Hamilton, Keeon Green and Lance Cheers were involved in the shooting death of Mason about 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Southwyck Apartments complex on West River Road North in Elyria. Mason was shot on a second-floor landing and managed to get outside before collapsing. He was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, where he died.

Green and Cheers were indicted on two counts of special felony murder, two counts of first-degree felony aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence, while Hamilton was indicted on two counts of special felony murder, one count of aggravated robbery and two counts of tampering with evidence by a grand jury, according to court records.

Most of the charges also include gun specifications, which carry a mandatory sentence upon conviction.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tony Cillo asked Miraldi to deny the bond reduction motion because Hamilton has two other gun-related cases before Common Pleas Judge Chris Cook, and he was on bond on those cases when the alleged shooting of Mason took place.

Albenze said his client isn’t a flight risk and he would be willing to wear a GPS monitor.

“I think the more compelling issue here is that he was out on bond with other gun cases and picked up about as serious a gun case as I can think of,” Miraldi said. “Motion denied.”

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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