Three alleged armed robbers appeared in a King County court recently for a bail hearing. The men were accused of felony theft in various locations in Seattle. The courtroom was filled with visitors from the Abubakr Islamic Community Center that the men belong to, there to show their support of the accused.
The three men were accused of committing three counts of armed robbery on Aug. 22. The separate incidents allegedly involved robberies at a Beacon Hill bus stop, on Capitol Hill and on the streets of West Seattle. The young men were accused of using a pistol for aggravated assault and committing felony burglary on three separate people. The three men pleaded not guilty.
The King County judge set bail for each man at $250,000, despite requests from the community members present to release them. The accused men face up to five years in a Washington jail. However, police say that they are still investigate other crimes and that more charges may be filed against them.
The crimes the men have been accused of are very serious. A criminal defense attorney may be of great help to anyone facing serious criminal charges. In this case, while police say that the men confessed, they pleaded not guilty to their charges. It would be interesting to know the circumstances of the alleged confessions and the evidence that supports these charges. It's not unheard of for an individual being questioned by police to give a false confession for a variety of reasons. If there is no other evidence linking the men to the crimes, prosecutors could have difficulty establishing their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Source: KIRO , "Seattle armed robbery suspects face judge Monday", John Knicely, September 09, 2013