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Missouri appeals court refuses to free Saudi in murder case

Updated: 2013-06-14T05:30:27Z

A Missouri appeals court refused Thursday to allow a 24-year-old Saudi national to be released from jail, even though the Saudi government put up $2 million to bond him out as he awaits trial in a murder case.

The Western District Court of Appeals also rejected a defense request to remove the judge from the case involving Ziyad Abid, who is accused of having a popular Warrensburg bar owner killed.

Abid and Reginald Singletary Jr. are charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the Sept. 1 slaying of Blaine Whitworth. Prosecutors say that Singletary admitted pulling the trigger, but that Abid paid him to do it.

Circuit Judge Michael Wagner has refused to release Abid, saying that the bond order requires a bail bond agent — not a foreign country — to post bond. The appeals court agreed.

| The Associated Press

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