Friday, January 19, 2001

Cops want murder suspect's bail revoked

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Prosecutors will try again today to get accused killer Tony Ringer back into jail.

        Mr. Ringer was charged last month with aggravated murder but was freed after posting a $1 million bond.

        Prosecutors will ask a judge today to increase or revoke that bond, claiming Mr. Ringer fled police officers Wednesday after a traffic stop.

        Police say a man they identified as Mr. Ringer was pulled over for a traffic violation around midnight Wednesday. They say the man refused to provide his Social Security number and then sped away from the officers.

        According to a police report, the man ran a red light near Rockdale and Burnet avenues and then drove off at a “high rate of speed.”

        Mr. Ringer's attorney, Kenneth Lawson, said police have charged the wrong man. He said his client is not the owner of the car and was not driving the car.

        “That was not him,” Mr. Lawson said. “He was at home in bed.”

        Judge Richard Niehaus will decide the issue today after a hearing in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

        If the judge raises or revokes the $1 million bond, Mr. Ringer could be sent to jail until his trial. A trial date has not been set.

        Mr. Ringer, 30, is accused of shooting to death Cassandra Betts on Dec. 20. Ms. Betts was six weeks' pregnant at the time of her death.


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