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Rape charges dropped against alleged gang member

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm with 12 Comments »
October 14, 2011 1:02 pm

A Pierce County judge dismissed rape charges today against a man accused of assaulting a fellow jail inmate after DNA testing found no evidence the two had sexual contact.

Andre L. Bonds, 39, had maintained his innocence against the rape allegations, his attorney Bryan Hershman said Friday.

Prosecutors had charged Bonds  with three counts of second-degree rape after a man he’d shared a cell with reported earlier this year that Bonds had sexually assaulted him three times after guards locked down the jail for the night.

At the time, Bonds was in custody awaiting trial in connection with the 2010 crackdown against alleged members of the Hilltop Crips. He later pleaded guilty to riot and conspiracy to commit drive-by shooting in that case and was sentenced to five years in prison.

After the rape charges were filed, forensic scientists conducted more extensive DNA testing on three samples taken from the victim and his clothing.

The samples identified DNA from people other than Bonds, Hershman said.

“They could not identify my client’s DNA in the group,” Hershman said of one of the samples.

Bonds will remain in custody for his conviction in the Hilltop Crips crackdown and in a 2009 first-degree assault case.

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  1. Now can we go on with the hanging for the rest of the crimes

  2. skippythedog says:

    These dirtbags continue to cost us ridiculous amounts of money with their antics even while incarcerated. We need to get a lot more liberal with the death penalty. 3 strikes should = death.

  3. gonefishin69690 says:

    Would hate to be the guy who had to collect the DNA samples

  4. injustice says:

    @ skippyyoudog Did you not read the article? He was found innocent, perhaps that is hard to believe.

  5. dirtydan54 says:

    Your darn right Skippy, guess what, we’re starting with you.

  6. Skippy is like a lot of folks….not too bright! The Death Penalty costs taxpayers gads of $$$! Get clued in man…!!!

  7. well at least the boy was smart enough to hire the best damn lawyer in the state

  8. lakewoodbrian says:

    @bigwrig – I was just going to comment on that. I’m sure he didn’t hire him so to speak. Every single one of the gang members in the sweep that Bonds was arrested in had to have separate attorneys due to conflict of interest. I wonder how much the state paid Hershman so that he could defend him while they prosecuted him.

  9. GeronimoV says:

    So, if the DNA samples were from 3 other people, was he raped three times by other people in the Pierce Count jail, or was it consentual?

  10. That’s nasty! I hate crime, but if it has to happen, atleast it is dirtbag against dirtbag…

  11. thebestofthebest says:

    Must be “independently wealthy” to be able to afford such a pricey attorney. Just, what, does, he do for a living? “Innocent” is a term I reserve for newborns, not 39-year-old gang members.

  12. peaceandlove says:

    You must be a damn fool if you think Hershman is the best lawyer in the sate. He hasn’t won a case since 1999. He only took this case (and pro bono might I add) to get a W under his belt. He knew that Bonds would be innocent and the accuser was only making these accusations to try to go to Western State to avoid a prison sentence.

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