NY judge denies R. Kelly bid for pretrial release over coronavirus

Kimberly Dole
May 15, 2020 - 5:03 pm
R Kelly in a courtoom in September

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A federal judge has once again denied R. Kelly's bid for a pretrial release amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"I do not agree that a diagnosis of prediabetes presents a compelling reason" for Kelly's release," U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly said. 

In a statement, Donnelly said "The circumstances that Judge Leinenweber, Judge Tiscione and me to conclude that the defendant has not rebutted the presumption of detention has not changed: the defendant is charged in Illinois and New York with extraordinary serious crimes."

Donnelly said Kelly is still considered a flight risk and the nature of his crimes makes him a danger to the community.

"The nature of the charges -which include crimes against minor victims, threats against potential witnessing paying bribes to keep witnesses from cooperating -make him a danger to the community, including that he could attempt to tamper with prospective witnesses. 

The judge also writes that Kelly's "history of returning to court" in his 2008 state court case is "substantially undermined by the grand jury's probable cause finding in the Illinois federal case that the defendant obstructed justice during that trial."