Case against double murder suspect Ricardo Bass moves forward, state to seek death penalty

Decatur

DECATUR, Ala. — Ricardo Bass, the man accused of murder in two counties, appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday.

The judge in the case ruled there was probable cause to move on to the grand jury and Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson said they will seek the death penalty.

Bass is charged with capital murder in both Madison and Morgan Counties in connection to two robbery homicides in Huntsville and Decatur that occurred on August 19.

Bass was on the run for nearly two weeks before being captured in Madison County on August 31. He is being held in the Morgan County Jail without bond.

At the hearing Tuesday, prosecutors began by calling Decatur Police Department Violent Crime Detective Joshua Daniell to the stand.

Daniell described how on August 19, Decatur Police were called to the Wavaho around 6:17 a.m. for a shooting. When officers arrived they found Mark Mickelson dead at the scene.

When Daniell arrived he talked to one of the responding officers about potential a witness inside the gas station and surveillance video. Daniell said he went into the gas station and immediately began reviewing the video.

Daniell said surveillance video showed a clear view of the area where the shooting happened. The video also showed Bass inside the business shortly before the shooting making a purchase.

Daniell testified that the video showed Bass driving a Chevy Spark up behind the victim’s vehicle and approach the victim wearing a mask.

Daniell said the video showed Bass apparently shooting the victim and then taking something out of the victim’s pocket before returning to his Chevy Spark and leaving the business.

The store clerk identified Bass in a six-person police lineup.

Investigators found that the 2020 Chevy Spark Bass was driving was rented from Enterprise Rental by Bass’ cousin, who told police she let Bass borrow the car.

The victim’s VISA debit card and an insurance card were found inside the vehicle when it was searched. Other items, including the victim’s wallet and driver’s license, were found near Decatur Cemetary.

Daniell also testified about capturing Bass after receiving a tip from the U.S Marshalls that Bass was traveling in a vehicle north on I-65. Decatur Police was assisted by Huntsville Police near County Line Road near I-565 and they captured Bass after he tried to run from them.

Daniell said he talked to Bass after he was booked into the jail and taken to DPD where he gave a statement.

The defense asked Daniell if Bass had been tested for drugs after his arrest.

Daniell responded that he was not tested before the interrogation that last just over two hours or during his time in custody. He said that Bass did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The state rested its case after about 90 minutes and the defense called no witnesses.

During a press conference earlier this month, Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson said Bass was out on a $200,000 bond at the time of shootings.

A representative from the Alabama Department of Corrections confirmed to News 19 that Bass served a 20-year prison sentence for first-degree robbery. He was released from ADOC custody in June 2020.

A man accused of helping a man suspected in a double murder evade the authorities was also in court Tuesday. The case against Calvin Garth for hindering prosecution was bound over to a grand jury.

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