CROWN POINT — A criminal court judge denied a bond reduction Thursday for a 20-year-old Gary man accused last month of attempted murder in a shooting that injured two people.
Judge Salvador Vasquez determined after hearing arguments at a court hearing that Jarod DeAngelo Johnson would remain jailed on a $125,000 bond.
Johnson was charged June 21 in Lake Criminal Court with two counts of attempted murder, among other lesser offenses, on allegations he shot a 19-year-old pregnant woman and an 18-year-old man, according to Gary police.
The man and woman were shot June 13 in the area of West Fifth Avenue and Madison Street in Gary.
Johnson was arrested June 29 on a warrant. He entered a plea of not guilty at Thursday's court hearing and requested his bond be reduced to $50,000.
Johnson told the judge at the hearing he had only recently returned to Gary after living for 2 1/2 years in Atlanta. He said he had found occasional employment through a temporary work agency since his return, and he would continue to work if he were released on the reduced bond.
The state objected to the bond request, arguing that the defendant was a danger to the community and a flight risk.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Nadia Chivers said Johnson has had nine contacts with law enforcement in Indiana and Georgia, with charges ranging from criminal trespass to marijuana possession. Johnson was also convicted of battery as a juvenile, according to Chivers.
Johnson is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 25.