Request for bond reduction denied
WARRENTON — Request for a bond reduction of 22-year-old Derrick Antonio Williams, charged with raping a 15-year-old, has been denied.
Williams faces two counts of statutory rape in connection to Aug. 5 warrants. In considering the request, Superior Court Judge George Collins Jr. noted the defendants’ prior record and release from prison after serving 1½ years for a burglary conviction.
“You got out, and two weeks later were charged with this crime?” Collins said.
After further deliberation, Collins said, “I can’t reduce bond, thank you.”
The Williams case proceeded to a Dec. 2 scheduled hearing for matters in preparation for trial.
Williams, of 114 Old Maple Road in Warrenton, is represented by attorney Michael Rogers. Rogers told the court Williams is a student seeking a business degree at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, was struggling from losing his mother at an early age, and requested bond be lowered to $100,000.
“The defendant is a lifelong resident of Warren County, raised by his grandparents,” Rogers said.
William Williamson, the assistant district attorney prosecuting for the state, said Williams has a felony record and used social media to gain contact with and take advantage of the underage female. He said the victim and her mother are available for testimony at trial.
“We have got evidence that they communicated through Facebook,” Williamson said, adding that the incident was not forcible.
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