Brother of shooting victim released on house arrest

HOLLIDAYSBURG – An Altoona man facing aggravated assault, simple assault resisting arrest and related charges has been released from the Blair County Prison on unsecured bail.

Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva signed the order Tuesday morning at the request of Jacob Dormevil, 20, who awaits a preliminary hearing in connection with the charges filed after a shooting in late October at Choices Nightclub, 130 Sixth Ave.

Dormevil’s brother, Willie Solomon, 22, was shot to death that night.

Hugo “Juice” Baez, 20, of New York is facing homicide and related charges, but his attorney, Thomas M. Dickey, has indicated that self-defense will be an issue.

Kopriva instructed Dormevil, as a condition of his bail, to remain at home except when looking for a job or to go to the gym. A violation could land him back in jail and subject him to a $30,000 bail forfeiture.

In early December, Dormevil asked the court for lower bail, pending the outcome of the case, in a petition filed by Assistant Public Defender Julia Burke. Dormevil had been in prison since the night of the shooting and was unable to post 10 percent of his $30,000 bail, the petition stated.

Dormevil’s request for lower bail was scheduled Monday before Judge Daniel Milliron, but because of scheduling conflicts it was changed to Tuesday and held before Kopriva.

Online court documents indicate that Dormevil’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 8