Third District Judge William Barrett reduced the bail Tuesday for the last of three members of the Straight Edge gang charged with the Halloween murder of a Salt Lake teen.
Barrett previously opposed reducing the bail for Andrew D. Moench, 19, but prosecutor Paul Parker said the judge agreed with an evaluation from Adult Probation and Parole officials that Moench is "amenable to treatment" and would "not be a danger to the community."Bail was reduced from $500,000 to $75,000. Moench is expected to post a bond and be released from jail later this week, Parker said.
Moench; Colin Reesor, 18; and Sean Parley Darger, 18, are all charged with murder, a first-degree felony, for the beating and stabbing death of Bernardo Repreza Jr., 15, last Halloween. Prosecutors say Repreza and the boys clashed near the corner of 150 East and 100 South about midnight.
The Straight Edgers are a group of mostly white, middle-class teens who claim to oppose the use of drugs, alcohol and pre-marital sex.
Reesor was released from jail earlier this year, and Darger was released in late 1998. The three teens are being tried separately. Moench will be first on the stand with a July 6 trial date. Darger's trial is slated for Aug. 10, followed by Reesor on Sept. 21.
Parker opposed Barrett's bond reduction ruling Tuesday, saying he feared all three boys were a flight risk because they face life-in-prison sentences. He also said Moench, whom prosecutors believe struck Repreza with a bat, is a danger to the community.
"I don't know how you can absolutely ensure the safety of the community and that they will show up for court hearings," Parker said.
He opposed lowering bail for all three defendants because of the violent nature of the crime they are charged with.
Bernardo Repreza Sr., the father of the victim, echoed Parker's concerns and said the release of all three defendants is unfair. He also noted that Moench has made statements to a national television talk show condoning the use of violence to defend personal beliefs.
"A person who boasts on TV that way obviously knew what he was doing," Repreza Sr. said.