A motion to reduce bond for an Effingham man charged with being part of a mob that severely beat another man was denied Monday.

Omar J. Abdullah, 19, appeared in Effingham County Circuit Court requesting his bail be reduced from $75,000 to $20,000, which would allow him to post $2,000 to be released.

Abdullah was one of five charged with one count of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, one count of mob action, a Class 4 felony, and a misdemeanor charge of battery for allegedly punching and kicking Michael Roedl causing great bodily harm and punching Ryan Koester.

Public Defender Lupita Thompson asked the court for the bond reduction and said her client would be living with a family friend within walking distance of the courthouse and would meet the court’s requirements if the bond was reduced, including refraining from alcohol and drug use.

Effingham County State’s Attorney Ed Deters argued because of Abdullah’s criminal history, the nature of the alleged crimes and Abdullah’s current status with the drug court program when he allegedly committed the crimes, bond should not be reduced.

Deters said evidence would show Abdullah showed up at a party uninvited in the Green Creek area, and even after he was asked to leave the party, he remained and participated in the “beating.”

Thompson pointed out to the court that alcohol was being distributed at that party to minors by the homeowners.

She added her client’s case has been “played out” in the public.

“Unfortunately, my client has already been hanged by Effingham County,” she said.

Thompson also argued the other four co-defendants in the case have either been released from jail or have had their bond reduced. Therefore, if the court decided not to reduce Abdullah’s bond, it would not be fair to him.

According to court records, co-defendants Kevin Kade, 17, and Daniel Hoffman, 18, both posted the amount of bond originally set and were released from jail. Co-defendant Demarrio Lampkins, 17, of Effingham did have his bond reduced from $50,000 to $35,000, but remains in jail. And, a motion to reduce bail for co-defendant Aaron Broadnax was denied, and he remains in jail.

When denying the motion, Judge John Coady said there was one “red flag” that was a “huge thing” when making his decision, and that was a charge against Abdullah for aiding a fugitive.

Because the purpose of bond is to ensure a defendant will be present in court when scheduled, Coady said the charge is just a “small sliver” from a charge of escape.

Abdullah is scheduled to appear for a hearing at 10 a.m. Aug. 1, a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 and a jury trial at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5.

The other men have been scheduled to appear in court at the following times: Lampkins, 9 a.m. Aug. 16; Broadnax at 9 a.m. Aug. 16; Kade at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16; and Hoffman, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 7.

Kim Wiedman can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 128 or kwiedman@effinghamdailynews.com


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