Bond set for man facing retrial in murder case
BY RUTH ANN KRAUSE Post-Tribune correspondent September 7, 2013 10:36AM
Updated: October 10, 2013 6:12AM
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez set bail for a Gary man whose murder trial ended in mistrial last month when jurors deadlocked in their deliberations.
Jamal Lashea was entitled to the bail sought by defense attorney Thomas Vanes, Vasquez said, because the presumption of his guilt is not strong. He said he based that reasoning on the 9-3 split for acquittal among jurors on Aug. 26 after more than four hours of deliberation in Lawshea’s first trial.
The judge set Lawshea’s bail at $50,000 surety, or $5,000 cash, and ordered him to have no contact with prosecution witnesses who reluctantly had appeared to testify at his trial.
Lawshea, 27, will be permitted to live in the 6100 block of Georgia Street in Merrillville.
He has pleaded not guilty in the Sept. 2, 2012, shooting death of Latarus Foster, 29, who was killed in the 3300 block of Maryland Street in the Glen Park section of Gary, near his residence.
Lawshea’s jury trial is scheduled to begin March 10.