Bond reduction denied for attempted murder suspect

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A Shelby County Circuit Court judge has refused to lower the bond amount for a 28-year-old Alabaster man who is facing two counts of attempted murder for allegedly shooting and seriously wounding a victim in May.

Hall

Hall

Judge Dan Reeves denied a bond reduction request from Jamel Kentrae Hall, who lists an address in the 300 block of Fifth Avenue Southeast in Alabaster, during a Dec. 11 hearing. As a result, Hall remains in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $316,000, where he has been held since his June arrest.

The Alabaster Police Department, with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested Hall at his Alabaster residence at about 11:45 a.m. on June 10.

Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney previously said Hall was “on the run” from police after he heard officers were looking for him, and said the U.S. Marshals Service was “instrumental” in locating the suspect.

Hall allegedly shot and seriously injured a male victim while the victim was driving a vehicle on May 31, Rigney said. The suspect knew the victim in the case, Rigney said. The victim did not suffer life-threatening injuries in the shooting.

According to Hall’s arrest warrant, the victim was shot twice in the thigh during the May 31 incident. On June 6, Hall allegedly “shot at the victim while (the victim) was driving an automobile,” which led to Hall’s second attempted murder charge.

In Hall’s bond reduction request, his public defender attorney, Jody Tallie, wrote the $316,000 bond was “inappropriately and unconstitutionally high,” and said Hall has a “lack of a significant prior criminal record.”

Hall is now scheduled to appear at the Shelby County Courthouse on Feb. 19, 2015, for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m.