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Posted on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 : 2:59 p.m.

Judge: No bond for suspect in Ypsilanti killing

By John Counts


Leonard Ware

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.



Tue, Oct 9, 2012 : 11:52 p.m.

I am appalled by what he did as the next one, but I am always almost appalled by the vindictive and allegedly morally superior comments on this website. As a police officer said to me once, "Anyone under the right circumstances can commit murder". Have compassion for the victim, but hold the sarcasm and feelings of "I'm so righteous and law abiding that I could NEVER be in such a position." I know I'll probably set the record for negative votes for this one, but I really feel it must be said.


Wed, Oct 10, 2012 : 12:54 a.m.

Under the right circumstances, one could even whap their spouse upside the head with a frying pan, I imagine. I expect the police would come to that one too though.


Wed, Oct 10, 2012 : 12:06 a.m.

this is ridiculous...under no circumstances would i ever kill another human being, especially the way police say this crime was committed.


Tue, Oct 9, 2012 : 9:14 p.m.

how does the defense attorney dare try to get him bond because of his 5 year supervisory job history & having a daughter?? are you kidding me?? maybe should've thought about that before last wednesday


Wed, Oct 10, 2012 : 1:02 a.m.

Because that is what he is hired to do. Like it, or not.


Tue, Oct 9, 2012 : 8:28 p.m.



Tue, Oct 9, 2012 : 8:21 p.m.

Glad there was no bond. So what if he has a daughter. Maybe if he thought about her for a minute instead of allegedly murdering someone in cold blood, then he wouldn't be in this situation.


Tue, Oct 9, 2012 : 8:06 p.m.

I agree completely with no bond. The nature of this crime leaves no doubt that a person would much rather be on the lam than face life without parole. I would be looking for a non extraditing country to run to in the same situation.


Wed, Oct 10, 2012 : 1:02 a.m.

Accept for the fact that he turned himself in. You watch too many movies.