Bond has been reduced for the defendants in two local homicide cases.
Both Nya Thao and Josie Dikeman had been held on $1 million bond. But after court hearings on Monday, Thao’s bond was lowered to half-a-million dollars cash, and the bond for Dikeman is reduced to $250,000 cash.
Thao was tried in June for his alleged role in a triple murder near West Salem, but the jury could not agree on a verdict, so a second trial is likely. Dikeman is accused of 1st degree murder and child neglect in the death of 6-year-old Alexavier Pedrin, who reportedly died of blunt force trauma last February.
Thao is one of two suspects charged with gunning down three men at a West Salem quarry in July of 2021, over a $600 debt.
Prosecutor Nick Passe argued on Monday that a high bond is important, to keep Thao available for a second trial. Judge Elliott Levine said the “serious and violent” nature of the crime justifies a $500,000 bond.
Dikeman was arrested in May for allegedly causing the February death of Alexavier Pedrin at a house in Medary. The charges against Dikeman include homicide, physical abuse of a child, and chronic neglect leading to death.
Attorney Christopher Zachar argued on Monday for a bond reduction, saying that Dikeman is too poor to pay a million-dollar bond, she has not fled the area, and there’s no direct evidence to prove that she caused the severe injuries blamed for Alexavier’s death.