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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:04 am    Post subject: Cassidy's Murder Rap Reinstated Reply with quote

A judge recently reinstated a first-degree murder charge against Cassidy in relation to an April shooting that led to one man dead and two others wounded. This past August, Judge Marsha Neifield reduced Cass's first-degree murder to a third-degree murder charge.

At that time, Judge Neifield concluded that prosecutors only had enough evidence to try Cassidy on third-degree murder, attempted murder, and weapons violation charges. Neifeld set bail at $2.5 million, but ordered Cassidy to remain behind bars pending appeal. Cassidy only had to raise 10% of that amount for his release.

With the new ruling, Cass aka Barry Reese, 23, is no longer eligible for bail. Cass' attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr. is seeking a trial as early as possible. "We are ready for trial right now," Perri told Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner. Perri put off the formal arraignment and Judge Lerner arranged a hearing September 20th to assign the case to a trial judge.

Prosecutors accused Cassidy and two other men of shooting at three other men following a heated argument behind Cass' northwest Philadelphia home back on April 15th. The incident took place around 1 a.m. Police said, Cass and his comrades were strapped with .45 and .40 caliber handguns, 9 mm pistols, AK47 assault rifles and 7.62 mm rifles.

One of the three men, Desmond Hawkins, 22, died after suffering a gunshot wound to his back. The two other men, Bobby Hoyle and Daniel Irvin, were taken to a local hospital, treated for gunshot wounds and later released. Reports say the men were unarmed at the time of the shooting. Hoyle later testified that Hawkins had been in a fight with Cass earlier on the night of the shooting and then went to Cass' house to call a truce with the rapper. Hoyle also said he didn't see who shot at them. Cass has been locked up without bail since he surrendered on June 17th.
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