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Judge to Rule Later on Bond for Accused Saudi Student

Posted: Jul 2, 2013 1:48 PM by Associated Press

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WARRENSBURG (AP) - A Saudi national accused of paying his roommate to kill a Missouri bar owner remains in custody while a judge considers if he can be released on bond.

Circuit Judge Michael Wagner said Tuesday he considers 24-year-old college student Ziyad Abid a flight risk.

Wagner didn't say when he'll rule on Abid's bond.

The Saudi Arabian government has posted $2 million bond for Abid. But Wagner dismissed that as inadmissible at an earlier hearing because several bond conditions weren't met, including that the money wasn't posted through a bonding agent.

Abid's attorneys say the bond conditions are too harsh.

Abid is accused of paying Reginald Singletary Jr. to kill Warrensburg bar owner Blaine Whitworth on Sept. 1. Abid and Singletary have pleaded not guilty.

Trial is set for August 20.

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