Judge denies request to lower murder suspect's bond

WATSEKA — An Iroquois County judge denied a request Friday to reduce the bail of a man awaiting trial for the murder of a Gilman gas station clerk.

Judge Gordon Lustfeldt also denied a separate request to allow Andrew M. Condon, 33, of Ashkum, to be released into the custody of the sheriff’s department to witness the birth of his third child.

State’s Attorney Jim Devine objected to both motions, which were filed Thursday in Iroquois County Circuit Court by Condon’s attorney, Ed Glazar.

Devine said Glazar asked for Condon’s bail to be reduced from $1 million to $250,000. Devine said Condon stated that he would be able to pay $25,000 — 10 percent of the proposed $250,000 bond — to be released from the county jail.

Condon has been at the county jail since his arrest on Nov. 9. Condon is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Oct. 27 fatal shooting of Jonathan D. Rubin, 27, of Danforth, at the Shell gas station in Gilman where Mr. Rubin worked. Condon has pleaded not guilty but has waived his right to a speedy trial. A status hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. April 3.

Meanwhile, Condon’s request for “guarded release” was first made on Jan. 12 in a hand-written form addressed to Lustfeldt and Sheriff Derek Hagen. His attorney then filed a formal motion this week.

“My wife and I are expecting a baby any day now,” Condon wrote. “I would like to know if there is any way possible for me to be there for the birth of our child, so I may be of support to my wife during the birth/labor and aid in watching our other two children during this time. Please and thank you.”
 

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