HOLLIDAYSBURG - Jacob Dormevil of Altoona, one of those arrested following a shooting in late October at a local nightclub, is asking a Blair County judge to lower his bail so he can be freed pending the outcome of his case.
Assistant Public Defender Julia Burke on Tuesday filed a petition with the Blair County Court of Common Pleas contending that Dormevil's bail was "excessive."
He has been in the Blair County Prison on 10 percent of $30,000 bail since Halloween night when his brother, Willie Solomon, 22, was shot to death at
Choices Nightclub, 130 Sixth Ave.
Hugo "Juice" Baez, 20, of New York has been charged with the shooting death of Solomon.
Court records state that Dormevil does not have the funds to post the $3,000 he needs to gain his freedom on bail.
He is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault, as well as resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.
His bail was set on Nov. 1 by Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Auker.
Blair County Judge Daniel J. Milliron will hear Burke's petition for lower bail the morning of Dec. 23.
According to initial police reports, at about 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, Dormevil approached a table in the nightclub where Baez
was sitting with several people.
He is alleged to have said something to Baez, which caused Baez to stand and follow Dormevil toward the club's exit.
The incident, caught on video, allegedly shows Solomon, Dormevil's
brother, grab Baez from behind.
This led to a struggle at which point Baez grabbed Solomon and several shots were fired.
When police arrived, Solomon's body was lying in the doorway.
Baez was later arrested while riding in a car with Brandon A. Midder, 24, of Altoona, described as a doorman for the club, along Route 22 in Huntingdon County.
Baez is facing homicide and other charges while Midder has been charged with illegal possession
of a gun by a convicted felon.
Dormevil, Midder and Baez are awaiting preliminary hearings this week.