Double murder suspect fined for violating bail

A double murder suspect who refused to comply with his bail conditions and removed his ankle bracelet was yesterday given a second chance — and not returned to prison.

Lloyd Minnis is accused of capital murder in the shooting deaths of eight-year-old Eugene Woodside Jr. and Dennis Moss on September 25, 2017.

The boy was struck by a stray bullet as he did his homework at his home on Rosebud Street. Moss, who investigators said was the gunman’s intended target, was chased and gunned down in the same area.

Minnis, 26, of Constitution Drive, Boyd Subdivision, was in April released on $50,000 bail with two sureties.

He was arrested on December 6 at McKinney Drive.

At his arraignment before Magistrate Samuel McKinney, he pleaded guilty to charges of violating conditions of bail and causing damage

Minnis failed to report to the Nassau Street Police Station from August 2018, as required by Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson. In the Supreme Court judge’s bail order, Minnis was warned that a breach of any of the conditions of his release could result in his remand.

McKinney fined Minnis $1,500 to avoid spending six months in prison for the bail violation.

He was fined an additional $5,000 on the damage charge and will spend six months in prison if the fine is not paid. He was also ordered to pay $1,652 in compensation for damaging the bracelet.

Violating bail violations was criminalized in 2016. Offenders face a maximum of five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Wendawn Miller appeared for Minnis and Sergeant Tamika Gibson prosecuted.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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