Slaying defendant's bail greatly reduced by judge

April 07, 1993|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A judge has substantially reduced the bond of a Bowie man accused in the 1987 fatal stabbing of a popular 85-year-old vendor.

Nuri Tuncer Icgoren, 41, initially was denied bond after his arrest in October 1987. Bond had been set at $1 million, and later was reduced to $250,000. On April 1, Howard Circuit Judge Raymond Kane Jr. reduced it to $100,000.

Mr. Icgoren remains in the county Detention Center awaiting his third trial on the charges in Howard County Circuit Court.

Harry Trainor Jr., a Landover attorney for Mr. Icgoren, argued in court papers that his client's bond should be reduced because his lengthy pretrial incarceration violated his constitutional rights.

But Senior Assistant State's Attorney Kate O'Donnell asked the judge not to lower the bond because Mr. Icgoren poses a "flight risk" and may not appear for trial.

In the new order, Mr. Icgoren must relinquish his passport and seek the court's permission to travel out of Maryland if he is able to post bond. His family lives near Richmond, Va.

If released on bond, Mr. Icgoren is to be supervised by the county Department of Parole and Probation. He also has been ordered to avoid contact with the victim's family.

Mr. Icgoren is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Raymond M. Jerman Jr., who was stabbed six times in his pickup along U.S. 1 in North Laurel on Sept. 29, 1987.

The defendant is a Turkish immigrant who was an exercise rider at Bowie Race Course, where Mr. Jerman regularly sold soda, snacks and produce and cashed paychecks for track employees. The victim was known to carry large amounts of cash.

Mr. Icgoren was found guilty of first-degree murder during a trial in May 1988 and sentenced to life in prison. But the state Court of Special Appeals overturned the verdict and ordered a new trial.

He went on trial again in November 1992, but the jury could not reach a verdict. His next trial has not been scheduled yet.

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