A judge on Thursday again denied a defense request to lower bail for a Pasco murder suspect, but said she would reconsider if given all information on the man’s criminal history and court attendance record.
Kenyatta K.E. Bridges is being held in the Franklin County jail on $500,000 bail.
The amount was reduced from $1 million in January, but Superior Court Judge Carrie Runge in April refused to drop it to the proposed $50,000.
On Thursday, attorney Karla Kane Hudson suggested $100,000 bail and electronic home monitoring, saying that her client loves his family and wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize their property and finances by skipping out on a future court hearing.
Bridges has had a few outbursts in previous hearings that have led the judge to leave the bench, Kane Hudson acknowledged. However, the attorney said he has been nothing but pleasant to work with and she understands his frustrations because he is very adamant about his innocence in the Dec. 3 death of Lorenzo “Richie” Fernandez Jr.
“I’m a man of my actions. If I did it, I would say so,” said Bridges, holding a book titled The Declaration of Independence & The Constitution of the United States. “At the end of the day, God will shine a light on my innocence.”
Deputy Prosecutor Brian Hultgrenn cautioned Runge about home monitoring, saying it doesn’t keep a person “from assaulting anyone, from harassing anyone. It doesn’t have any effect on a violent offense in terms of community safety and flight.”
Bridges is charged with first-degree murder while he or an accomplice was armed with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and second-degree unlawful possession of a gun.
Fernandez, 22, was shot to death as he sat in his car outside a Pasco apartment complex.
DeShawn I. Anderson is charged with the slaying, along with earlier gang-related shootings in Pasco. He’s scheduled back in court July 28 to review his competency.
Bridges’ wife, Mary A. Faucett, is accused of helping lure Fernandez to his death by calling him that night to meet up, knowing Anderson had planned an ambush. She also allegedly traveled with Bridges and Anderson out of the area to dispose of evidence.
Bridges’ trial is set for Sept. 2.
Runge on Thursday also denied a furlough request for Bridges to see a Connell dentist about ongoing dental issues. She said she would want to hear from the jail that they cannot handle the problem Bridges is dealing with before allowing him to leave the correctional facility.
Earlier this week, Judge Robert Swisher lowered Faucett’s bail to $100,000.
The Spokane woman has been locked up since May 8 on $150,000 bail after Swisher found she violated her conditions of release when she left Washington and was arrested at the Coeur d’Alene Casino on suspicion of being involved in a prostitution ring.
Faucett wrote a three-page letter to Swisher on May 26 saying she didn’t speak up at the last hearing because the media were in court. She said she felt embarrassed, apologized for breaking Swisher’s bail conditions and hoped he would reconsider so she can get a second chance and move forward with her life.
Faucett said she has been “turned down from many jobs” because of postings on social media and local news reports about the couple’s cases, and wants to get out of custody so she can take a job with a Tri-City fast-food restaurant while fighting the Pasco case.
Faucett also said she is innocent of the prostitution allegations in Idaho and that she went back into adult entertainment to make “legal fast money” because she has household responsibilities, including providing for the couple’s two children.
Her trial is set for Nov. 11 on charges of conspiracy, first-degree rendering criminal assistance and making false or misleading statements to a public servant.