Bond remains at $200,000 in hit-and-run homicide case

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

JANESVILLE—A Rock County Court commissioner on Wednesday declined to reduce bail for a man accused in the hit-and-run deaths of two men April 20 on Highway 14 near Janesville.

Sambath Pal, 24, of Park City, Illinois, appeared with Madison attorney John Holevoet, who argued for a reduction in Pal's $200,000 cash bond.

Holevoet said Pal is not a flight risk because he was raised in Janesville and has a grandmother, brother, uncle, aunt and son here, as well as a longtime girlfriend.

Assistant District Attorney Anne Nack objected, noting that Pal had fled the scene of the crash that killed the two Janesville motorcyclists, returned to Illinois, did not turn himself in and had a bench warrant issued against him for not appearing in court on a previous case.

Nack said Pal's cellphone recorded a search related to leaving the area, which was done between the time of the accident and when he was caught in Illinois on April 24.

Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer agreed with Nack, saying Pal is a substantial flight risk.

A preliminary hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, in the Jury Assembly Room at the courthouse.

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