CROWN POINT — Former Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington will remain in jail at least another week as his attorney and prosecutors prepare for a bond review hearing.
Washington, 45, appeared in custody Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court with defense attorney Thomas S. Mullins.
After a lengthy discussion at the bench with Mullins and Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Arnold, Magistrate Natalie Bokota said the state had filed a motion on bond and continued Washington's bond review hearing to March 4.
The prosecutor's office filed a motion Tuesday for higher than standard bond and conditions of bond, records show.
Washington is seeking a bond reduction.
He's currently being held without bond pending a hearing on the state's petition to revoke his probation in a 2017 case in which he was convicted of misdemeanor battery and interference with reporting a crime.
A hearing on the state's petition to revoke probation is set for 1 p.m. March 12 before Special Judge Jeffrey Thode in Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell's courtroom.
Washington's bond remains set at $50,000 surety or $5,000 cash in a February case in which he's alleged to have beat and threatened to kill Gary Councilwoman LaVetta Sparks-Wade while holding her against her will Jan. 29 and 30.
In the new case, Washington is charged with five felony counts including criminal confinement, domestic battery and intimidation in connection with the alleged abuse of Sparks-Wade.
Sparks-Wade, who is running for Gary mayor, was once one of Washington's biggest political supports.
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.
Mullins told Bokota on Tuesday a computer that belongs to Washington has not yet been returned to the former county councilman.
Mullins said he could provide the court with receipts showing the computer, which is important to the case, belongs to Washington.