Posted: Jan 9, 2013 5:28 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Jan 9, 2013 6:54 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - One of the teens accused of kidnapping an 11-year old Corpus Christi girl just after Christmas was in court today for a bond reduction hearing.
On December 27th police say the girl was riding her bike along Braesvalley drive with her brother. A suburban pulled up and three men grabbed the girl and drove off with her. Court documents indicate the girl was sexually assaulted. She was dropped off on the island about an hour after she was abducted.
As 17-year old Eric Dimick walked into court he kept his head down not making any type of eye contact with anyone. Eric was in court to ask the judge to reduce his bond. The prosecution was quick to point out why it thinks the 1 million dollar bond should stay right where it is.
"We are asking that the bond be appropriate considering the safety of the community and our children that are walking their dog at 7:00 just enjoying their time out," said prosecuting attorney Kim Gonzalez.
Prosecutors are also concerned that if Eric made bond, he'd live with his parents, who live less than a mile from where the victim lives.
But Eric's father, Michael, took the stand and told the judge why he'd like his son to be granted a bond reduction.
Michael says over the past four years Eric had been admitted to the Adolescent Psych Ward at the Christus Spohn Hospital, then put in a drug rehab program, and after the holidays he was supposed to be placed in a Residential Treatment Facility for constant monitoring. Michael says all that treatment was for Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and substance abuse. With the bond as high as it is, Eric's dad can't afford to get him out of jail. Therefor having him stay behind bars, he feels Eric won't get the treatment needed.
"It is our desire that he not stop the treatment we have aggressively done to this point. We would like to keep it going no matter what the outcome," said Michael Dimick.
But even after hearing what Eric's father had to say, the judge denied the reduction of Eric's bond. We caught up with Michael after the trial and he wouldn't answer most of our questions but did say this, "I feel for everybody."
Eric is the only one who has requested a bond reduction. All three are being held on a 1-million dollar bond each for aggravated kidnapping. But during today's hearing, the prosecuting attorney said she anticipates additional charges.
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