Athens man accused of murder denied bond a second time

A Clarke County Superior Court judge recently denied a murder suspect’s second request for bond since his arrest five months ago.

 

Authorities said that on Sept. 14 Rico Tayaassa Mitts killed 37-year-old Albert Darnell Brown of Lavender Road by stabbing him once in the chest during a drunken argument at Mitts’ home on Merlin Drive.

Both men had been drinking, and Athens-Clarke County police said alcohol fueled the escalation of the argument into the deadly assault.

Mitts fled the scene and was later arrested after being found hiding under a bed at a friend’s home, according to court documents.

A Clarke County grand jury subsequently charged Mitts with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, according to an indictment filed Dec. 5 in Clarke Count Superior Court.

Judge David Sweat denied Mitts’ request for bond on Oct. 12, deeming the defendant a flight risk who had no significant ties to Athens, according to court records.

After Sweat retired from the bench in August, Mitts filed another bond request with Sweat’s successor, Judge Regina Quick.

After hearing arguments during a Jan. 26 hearing, Quick denied the bond request. Mitts “does not have a reputation for reliability,” Quick noted in an order dated Feb. 1.

Among the reasons the judge gave for denying bond were Mitts’ history of 21 arrests and seven convictions for a variety of crimes, his failure to appear in court for some pretrial proceedings, and his attempt to flee and elude police the night he allegedly killed Brown.

 

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