Background Report: Judge Sets Memon’s Bond At $75,000
(MADISON COUNTY, AL) — On July 2, 2010, a judge set Hammad Memon’s bond at $75,000.
Madison County District Judge Lynn Sherrod only allowed the teen, his laywer, his parents and the district attorney to be present for the hearing.
The family of shooting victim Todd Brown and their lawyer waited outside the courtroom.
Memon was also certified to stand trial as an adult.
Judge Sherrod also ordered Memon to surrender his passport. He has dual citizenship, because he was born outside of the United States.
Because Judge Sherrod certified Memon as an adult, his case moved out of juvenile court and into the adult court system. At the end of the day, Memon was transferred from the Neaves-Davis Juvenile Detention Center to the Madison County Jail.
Sources tell WHNT NEWS 19 Memon’s family may not post his bond immediately, because they fear he may try to commit suicide. They’re also concerned someone in the public may try to attack him. Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning has made special arrangements at the jail for the teenager to be kept separate from the general population.
The certification hearing also served as Memon’s preliminary hearing. The next step is for the case to be presented to a grand jury, to determine if Memon will be indicted for murder.
If he is indicted, Memom would then stand trial on the murder charge. If convicted, he could get no less than 20 years and no more than life in prison.
Memon is accused of shooting Brown inside a hallway at Discovery Middle School on February 5, 2010. Many students and teachers witnessed the shooting, because it happened during a class change. A teacher quickly took Memon down until police got there moments later. He has been in juvenile custody since that day.
Brown’s murder rocked Discovery Middle, prompting school officials to look at the safety and security in all of Madison’s schools.