Henderson teen makes appearance in second murder case
Bond was set Wednesday at $200,000 for a Henderson teenager charged with first-degree murder.
But what it will take for him to leave jail is higher. Just how much, even his attorney said he wasn’t sure as he left the courtroom.
Corey Demel Cheek Jr. appeared in Superior Court before Judge Robert Hobgood. Cheek, 17, is charged in the shooting death of Jerry Olandes Wright in Feburary 2012.
“There are elements of self defense, even though an innocent bystander was killed,” said David Waters, the defense attorney for Cheek. “He is a juvenile, it is not a capital case, so the court is required to set bond.”
Cheek is also charged in the Feb. 21 shooting death of 17-year-old Ja’Quon Ty’Ree Seward earlier this year. And he has open cases for a 2012 break-in and larceny case, and a case for possession of toxic vapors.
Hobgood accepted the prosecution’s request for the higher bond amount. Allison Capps, an assistant district attorney, introduced the state’s case against Cheek as one in need of management because of many pending charges against one defendant.
In both murder cases, Cheek is charged with first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm in the city, felony inciting a riot and felony gang pattern activity.
Cheek is one of five defendants in the case of Seward’s death.
Other defendants in the case include Gary Treshon Holden, Remeke Holden, Daquan Marcus Ortiz and an unnamed 14-year-old juvenile.
Gary Holden and Remeke Holden are each charged with first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm in the city, felony inciting a riot and felony gang pattern activity in the death of Seward. They were not given bond in a June hearing.
Judge Elaine Bushfan kept bond at $50,000 for Ortiz, who is charged with voluntary manslaughter.
The juvenile’s charges are not public knowledge.
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