Bail denied to mother charged in fire deaths

April 20, 1993|By Staff Report

A judge denied bail yesterday to Tonya Lucas, whose trial on charges of killing six of her children by setting her East Baltimore rowhouse on fire ended in a hung jury.

Ms. Lucas, 29, held without bail since her arrest a week after the July 7, 1992, fire, appeared in Baltimore Circuit Court, where her lawyer, Mark Van Bavel, asked Judge Paul Smith to set bail at $100,000.

Judge Smith denied the request, saying the lengthy prison term facing the woman may make her a threat to flee and the nature of the charges makes her a possible danger to the community and herself.

Her first trial on first-degree murder and arson charges ended April 1 in a mistrial. Ms. Lucas, also is charged with child abuse, is to be tried again June 29.

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