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Family Of Victim Outraged Suspects' Bond Lowered
CBS Channel 11 / TXA Channel 21
December 27, 2009
ALLEN (CBS 11 / TXA 21) ― A North Texas family is desperate for answers after learning their son's accused murderers are free.
The accused killers posted bail after their bond amounts were reduced.
"I miss him every day, I cry every day; I miss him a lot" says Sania Khan.
It is a pain no mother ever imagines, yet one this heartbroken mother must endure.
"They took away 21 years of my life," says the mother.
Her son, 21-year-old Faran Khan, was killed last month in an Allen park. Investigators say Khan was attacked and killed while practicing cricket.
Police arrested and charged two men with his murder. Bond was set at $200,000 for each. Yet this month both suspects, Richard Hughes and Jefferson Medina-Diaz, were able to post bail after a judge reduced their bonds to $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.
"These boys don't deserve to be out in the streets, they are murderers, they are killers. What judge in his right mind would do that?" cries Sania Kahn.
Her husband Agha is equally frustrated by the move. "Instead of lowering the bond, it should've been increased."
In an effort to raise awareness about the bond reduction and in hopes of spurring a change in the legal system, a Facebook page was created. It seeks justice for Faran.
"We wanted to make sure people had a place to know what was going on and to seek the truth" explains Faran's uncle Najam Khan.
Now the victim's family is making an emotional appeal to the Collin County District Attorney, wanting to know why their son's accused killers were able to get out on reduced bonds.
"The DA needs to put pressure on the judge that these guys need to be behind bars" says Agha. "Justice has to be served, they have to do this for Faran."
Collin County District Attorney John Roach was unavailable for comment Sunday night.
Earlier media coverage by the Dallas Morning News at "2 held in fatal stabbing of cricket player in Allen"
Additional coverage at "Texas cricketer Faran Khan brutally killed in a park where he often practiced bowling"
I have no idea and no specific interest in this terrible killing. And I could easily have missed something damning.
But, our local PD's have a well known long, long record of arresting people (e.g. Truett Street Murders) and even gaining "confessions" from people they later had to relaese (after ruining their lives) because they were in fact not the culprits.
The alternative would be to simply lock up any "suspect" no matter how flimsy and incompetently achieved the "evidence" is, and keep them in jail, oh for say, two or three years until their cases come up for trial.
Do we really want that?
Just a thought.
The judge in this case should be looked at very carefully. What was the reason behind the reduction in bail?
Case law and statute are very clear on what bond is for. I'm sure the Judge considered all of the circumstances very carefully before reducing the bond on these two individuals.
Also, I'm sure the Assistant District Attorney was there on each case and presented their issues as well. It was not a one-sided hearing.
The tire iron was recovered at the scene with Hughes' and Medina-Diaz's fingerprints on it. Both were booked and jailed for Felony First Degree Murder – see the Allen City Police Press Release of November 20, 2009. The Collin County Medical Examiner ruled Faran's death a homicide and confirmed that the tire iron was the murder weapon.
It makes no sense to release these murderers by lowering their bail so they can afford to pay the reduced amount and get out. Why are judges and prosecutors lowering bail amounts? Are they being influenced by the defense attorneys who routinely make political contributions to them? Is this how the justice system works in Collin County?
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