|01-03-2008, 11:59 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2001
Dude, You Shot Me
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson man accused of shooting his longtime friend three times in the chest had his bail lowered from $750,000 to $25,000, despite pleas from his victim's mother and a prosecutor.
Joseph Tylutki, 19, is charged in the shooting death of 19-year-old Vincent Bohlman, a University of Arizona student who was his friend since kindergarten. Both men graduated from Tucson's Salpointe Catholic High School in 2006.
Defense attorney Michael Bloom argued that Tylutki is neither a flight risk nor a danger to the public at a hearing Monday. Pima County Superior Court Judge Barbara Sattler then lowered Tylutki's bond amount.
Bohlman's mother, Frances Barrientez, had pleaded with Sattler not to lower the bail.
"I have visions of what Vinnie went through the day he was shot and killed," Barrientez said. "Why should (Tylutki) have the comfort of home and family when my son is dead?"
Deputy Pima County Attorney Dan Nicolini also argued against the reduction, saying Tylutki is a flight risk because he is facing a potential life sentence.
According to Nicolini, a witness told police that Bohlman and Tylutki were simply "bickering" when Tylutki suddenly shot Bohlman on Nov. 27.
"The victim said, 'Dude, you shot me,' in complete surprise, and then the defendant shot him twice more," Nicolini said.
If Tylutki is able to post bail, he must live with his parents, regularly report to court officials and submit to drug testing, Sattler said.
Bohlman and Tylutki were arguing about money at the Tylutkis' home when the shooting happened, court records show. Tylutki told police he shot Bohlman in self-defense, and officers found a knife in Bohlman's hand. However, the witness told police that Bohlman never had a weapon.
Court documents also note that the "knife in hand appeared to be staged."
Five bags of marijuana packaged for sale were found in Tylutki's room, documents stated.
|01-03-2008, 03:57 PM||#3|
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