Judge Sets $50,000 Bail Despite Accused’s Claim of Inability to Pay

By Leslie Acevedo and Fatimah Patel

VENTURA, CA – Despite his attorney stating his client “can’t afford any type of bail,” a judge here last Friday in Ventura County Superior Court set bail at $50,000.

Represented by Assistant Public Defender Matthew Benitez, the accused pleaded not guilty to all charges, all felonies related to possession of a firearm. He also denied any and all priors and special allegations associated with this case, including a prior serious or violent felony.

Presiding Judge Patricia A. Murphy ruled that it was “necessary for public safety to impose bail at $50,000.”

Deputy District Attorney Brandon Yeaton requested the accused be referred to probation for a pretrial risk assessment.

Clay was remanded to custody of the Sheriff in lieu of the $50,000 bail with a bail review this week, and preliminary March 23.

About The Author

Leslie Acevedo is a senior undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach, majoring in Criminology/Criminal Justice. She intends to pursue a Master's Degree in Forensic Science or Criminal Justice. She aspires to become a forensic investigator.

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