Judge refuses to set bond for Andrew Solomon, charged in Levy Daniel's Sept. 3 homicide

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 1, 2010 

A judge refused to set a bond today for Andrew Solomon, the 19-year-old charged with fatally shooting Levy Lamont Daniel, 17, the night of Sept. 3 at Columbus Booker T. Washington Apartments off Veterans Parkway.

Superior Court Judge Frank Jordan said he would consider setting a bond for Solomon again at another hearing to be held in 60 days.

Solomon's attorney, Susan Henderson, argued Solomon still was in high school and had no criminal record prior to his arrest in the Daniel case. He was arrested Sept. 7.

She noted also that police had not recovered the gun used in Daniel's shooting and the witnesses against Solomon were all Daniel's friends.

Prosecutors countered that the shooting was particularly brutal, with witnesses saying Solomon ran up to Daniel and shoot him at close range. If released from jail, Solomon might intimidate those witnesses, authorities said.

Besides murder, Solomon is charged with using a firearm to commit a crime.

Investigators said Solomon and Daniel had exchanged taunts just 30 minutes before Daniel was shot about 10:40 p.m. near Building 508 at the Booker T. Washington Apartments. Daniel had pulled a 9mm handgun on Solomon, and the victim still had the gun on him when he was taken to The Medical Center, officers said.

Detectives said Solomon fired three to six .38-caliber shots at Daniel, but investigators found only one shell casing upon returning to the scene about 5:30 a.m. the next day.

Later police heard someone had gathered all the other casings and thrown them in a dumpster, they said, adding that no residents of the housing complex would admit to having witnessed the incident.

Daniel's three companions who saw the shooting, and they gave police the street name by which they knew Solomon and later identified him by his freshman photo in a 2006 Jordan High School annual, officers said.

Solomon has a bond of $50,000 on the charge of having a firearm while committing a crime.

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