Bonds Trial

Scales of Justice

Attorneys for 19-year-old James Bonds claimed they need more time to locate two crucial witnesses. But prosecutors said they have witness problems of their own.

Bonds was in court for a pre-trial hearing to deal with several last minute motions, most of them routine. The suspect was just 16 when Dothan businessman Norman Manning was killed and robbed in September of 1999.

The victim was found shot to death at his desk. Bonds was arrested and charged with the crime more than a year later, along with another man, Antoine Washington.

During the hearing, defense attorneys contended they need more time to find a couple of crucial witnesses. But District Attorney Doug Valeska told the court he has witness problems too. One of those witnesses is behind bars in Georgia and Valeska said the man may be hard to find if and when he goes free.

Judge Ed Jackson said the trial has already been delayed at least twice before, so he denied Bonds motion to continue the case.

A number of other defense motions were also denied, but one in particular was granted.

Jury selection in Bonds trial begins Monday. The teen could get the death penalty if he's convicted.