Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman this morning denied a motion to reduce the bond for a Chattanooga man charged in a 2008 home invasion and rape case.
Tracy Roberson will remain in the county jail on more than $775,000 bond, despite arguments from defense attorney Robin Flores that his client's DNA was not found on the victim. Mr. Flores also said Mr. Roberson's close ties to the community ensure he will appear in court as scheduled.
Mr. Flores said he plans to appeal the decision to Tennessee's Court of Criminal Appeals. He said the judge abused his power, and he argued bonds are meant to ensure that people appear in court, not to keep them in jail.
Judge Steelman said the evidence against the defendant "appears to be substantial."
He also said a bond is meant to protect the safety of the public.
For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.