2013-10-31 / Local & State

Bail Revoked In Eastern Pa. Speakeasy Slaying

READING, Pa. (AP) – An eastern Pennsylvania judge has revoked bail for a man convicted of third-degree murder in the shooting death of a Maryland man in a Reading speakeasy almost four years ago.

Berks County Judge Jeffrey

Sprecher said Wednesday that prosecutors presented evidence that 32- year-old Jose Bonilla-Ortiz of Reading posed a danger.

The Reading Eagle says Sprecher cited a witness reportedly living in fear and alleged gang ties on the part of the defendant, who authorities say is a suspect in several drug cases.

Bonilla- Ortiz was also convicted of aggravated assault and weapons offenses but acquitted of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said he killed 28-year-old Richard Gonzalez of Prince George’s County, Md., during a November 2009 brawl at the after-hours club.

Defense attorney William Bernhart has vowed to appeal the conviction.

Return to top