By Courtney Trenwith
Saudi national Ziyad Abid is accused of hiring hit man to kill a bar owner
A US judge is refusing to grant bail to a Saudi national accused of paying a hit man to kill a 27-year-old despite the Saudi government posting a $2m bond.
Ziyad Abid is accused of hiring Reginald Singletary to kill bar owner Blaine Whitworth in September, 2012.
Singletary told police he committed the murder because Abid paid him, according to American media reports on the court case.
The Saudi government reportedly paid Abid’s $2m bond last month. However, he was again refused bail on Tuesday.
Judge Michael Wagner said he was concerned that if released, Abid would be deported by immigration authorities for overstaying his student visa.
Abid’s defence attorney, Pat Peters, said the decision was unusual.
“Everybody involved with the case has never seen this happen before,” he was quoted as saying in Fox4 News.
Abid’s lawyers accused Judge Wagner of being racist and called for him to be removed from the case, arguing the decision to keep Abid locked up was unconstitutional.