Raw: Court appearance for theft of missing Raleigh man's SUV
A Virginia man charged with stealing an SUV belonging to a missing Raleigh man makes his first appearance in a Wake County courtroom.
All right, sir. Is your name Justin Merit? All right, Mr Mary, you have the right to remain silent. Any statement you make could be used against you. You've been charged with larceny of a motor vehicle that carries up to 39 months robbery with a dangerous weapon that carries up to 204 months. You're also charged with possession of firearm by felon. That carries up to 47 months. Your next court date is October 7th at nine o'clock in the morning. Mr Freeman, Does he want the public defender assigned to help him? Or does he intend to hire his own lawyer? Lawyer. So, do you have the money to do that? Okay. Are you sure you don't need me to appoint somebody to make sure you have a lawyer? Maybe I should. If you're not sure, then I'll go ahead and appoint a lawyer. You can hire a lawyer whenever you choose to do so. Okay. Is there anything further for the state? Yes, Your Honor. I would ask you review the conditions of release in this matter. My understanding is that it is currently $265 Secure electronic house or UM, I will inform the court This defendant was extradited back from Virginia. There appear to be no ties locally to the state for the before the defendant. The defendant has prior criminal convictions that I think are important and enlightening for the Corp when considering the defendants bond. In addition to that lack of a type of the community on the extradition, the defendant has three prior felony convictions. Those felony conviction do not qualify him for individual felon status, as I could tell right now, but they do include possession or illegal use or possession of firearm, burglary, larceny, the firearms convictions. From 2000 and seven, he received a three year suspended a portion of that outside of five outside five years. But I would argue, still illustrative to the court. There's prior convictions of shoplifting Onda, a assault conviction. From January of this year. It appears that he was sentenced to three months with two months suspended. So it appears that that, based on the D. C. I alone has run. However, given all of that the fact that all of these charges relate to a situation that occurred here in Raleigh, which the victim in this case is still unaccounted for. Law enforcement suspect further of these charges. Foul play involved. I would ask you to substantially increase the defendants bond. In this case, can you give me, uh, if you can can give me a summary of the evidence, I can tell you that it appears that this case relates to the defendant coming down from Virginia, um, in an automobile transfer that they were attempting to purchase under the guise of purchasing it. Theme. The defendant was later found after the victim in the case did not arrive back home where he was expected and has not arrived there since and has not been accounted for. The defendant was located in Virginia with the victims automobile not far from him. There were some investigative means that were done by law enforcement linked this defendant to that automobile transfer. They've spoken to several witnesses that have corroborated at least that based on physical evidence that they have found within the car. They believe that there to have been a dangerous weapon used in the taking of that. Are you aware of any criminal conduct by the alleged victim? There's zero evidence of any criminal conduct by the alleged victim. Thank you, Mr Mr Freeman. All right, The bond said it. $2 million secured. You ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims. See back in court on October 7th at nine o'clock, the public defender's appointed to help you.