Full cash bail requirement dropped for suspect in David Lewis slaying
TRENTON – A judge gave a murder suspect a chance at making bail this morning by dropping the full-cash requirement on his $500,000 bail.
Judge Mark Fleming of the Mercer County Superior Court cleared the way for Kevin Boone to convince a bail bondsman to put up the money to win his release until trial.
Assistant Mercer Prosecutor Lew Korngut did not object to the change in bail rules but said the state will want to have hearing to determine where the suspect got the money – an anti-gang provision.
Boone is charged with the July 19, 2012, shooting murder of David Lewis following a dispute about a dice game in an alley off East Paul Avenue in the North.
Korngut said the suspect allegedly chased the victim down the alley and pumped several shots into his back and head. The prosecutor said the likelihood of conviction is high.
But Boone’s lawyer, Malaeika Montgomery, said Boone has strong family ties and with a conviction for eluding police, a record not serious enough for bail to be set beyond his reach.