CROWN POINT — Vincent E. Banks will remain in Lake County Jail awaiting his Feb. 18 trial on charges of attempted murder and other felonies.
Lake Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray denied defense attorney Susan Severtson’s request to lower Banks’ bail from $10,000 cash to $2,000 cash during Thursday’s final pretrial hearing.
The 51-year-old Gary resident is charged with attempted murder and other felonies in a February 2017 incident when a then-34-year-old woman’s throat was slashed. She required 17 staples to close the near-fatal wound, according to court records.
During her remarks to Murray, Severtson pointed to Banks’ 74-year-old mother, Frances Banks, who the attorney said attends every court hearing.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Aleksandra Dimitrijevic told Murray that Banks is a danger to the community and “doesn’t deserve a bail reduction based on his criminal history.”
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Murray denied the bail reduction.
“I think under the circumstances, they should have reduced it (the bail). I don’t think he’s a threat to the community,” Frances Banks said after the court hearing.
She added that prosecuting and defending this case “is so hard because you have to look at everything. I can’t give up on him.”