Judge: No bond for suspect in Ypsilanti killing
Courtesy of WCSO
The Ypsilanti Township man accused of fatally shooting a co-worker last week was arraigned on an open murder charge Tuesday at the Washtenaw County Jail.
During the arraignment, Magistrate Thomas Truesdell set no bond for 34-year-old Leonard Lamont Ware, who turned himself in to Ypsilanti police Monday.
Through his attorney, Jeffrey Taylor, Ware also waived a formal reading of the charges. They include homicide-open murder, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon by a felon and the commission of a felony with a firearm.
"My client stands mute," Taylor said. "I have not received discovery yet. I'm awaiting discovery materials from the prosecutor's office."
Truesdell set a preliminary examination for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16.
Some new details about Ware did emerge at the arraignment when bond was discussed. Taylor asked the judge to consider some amount of bond considering Ware had been employed in a supervisory role for five years at Marsh Plating Corp., where the victim also worked.
Taylor also said Ware was a lifelong resident of the Ypsilanti area and had a daughter.
Ypsilanti police Detective Joe Yuhas was on hand to ask the magistrate to set no bond in the case because of the severe nature of the charges. Trusedell agreed.
"In murder cases, there is no bond," he said.
Police believe Ware shot and killed Bhagavan Allen, 29, on South Grove Street near South Street in Ypsilanti at about 4 p.m. Oct. 5 following a dispute at work over job performance.
Both men worked at Marsh Plating Corp. down the street. Huron Valley Ambulance paramedics took Allen to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Superior Township, but he died on the way, police said.