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Ex-Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington's bond reduction hearing that was slated for Tuesday has been rescheduled for Feb. 26.

Washington, 45, is accused of beating and threatening to kill Gary Councilwoman LaVetta Sparks-Wade and holding her against her will over a 16-hour period Jan. 29 and Jan. 30. 

Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter previously told The Times prosecutors would move to increase Washington’s bond if a hearing for his probation revocation is not set before Washington’s 15-day hold in jail expires. Carter could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday morning.

The 15-day hold expired Monday, and Washington filed a motion Tuesday to continue the bond hearing to Feb. 26, records show.

Washington was charged Feb. 1 with five felony counts including criminal confinement, domestic battery and intimidation in connection with the alleged abuse of Sparks-Wade, who is running for Gary mayor.

At the time of the alleged abuse, Washington was on probation for battering his cousin during a dispute Dec. 5, 2017, at his Merrillville home.

A jury found Washington guilty in November of misdemeanor counts of battery and interference with reporting of a crime, while clearing him of the three more serious felony charges.

At the time of the 2017 case, Washington was on probation for battering his wife Dec. 3, 2015.

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An initial hearing on the motion to revoke Washington's probation in the 2017 case is set for 1 p.m. March 12 before Porter Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Thode, who served as special judge in the case. The hearing will take place in Lake County court Judge Diane Boswell's courtroom with Thode presiding.

Thode sentenced Washington Dec. 18 to 180 days at the Lake County Jail, but suspended all except time already served to be spent on unsupervised probation. 

Washington was ordered on Feb. 11 not to contact Sparks-Wade.

Sparks-Wade told The Times earlier this month Washington has called twice from the Lake County Jail attempting to reach her, but she rejected both calls. Once a steadfast political supporter of Washington, Sparks-Wade has no interest in hearing from him, she said.

Washington's attorney, Thomas Mullins, previously said Washington had no objection to the no-contact order, but asked that Washington or one of his family members be permitted to retrieve Washington's personal belongings from Sparks-Wade's home.

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.