Man remains in MO jail despite Saudi Arabia posting bond - KCTV5

Saudi Arabia posts bond for accused killer, MO judge won't release him

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Ziyad Abid is accused of hiring his roommate in September to kill Blaine Whitworth, a popular bar owner in Warrensburg. Ziyad Abid is accused of hiring his roommate in September to kill Blaine Whitworth, a popular bar owner in Warrensburg.
WARRENSBURG, MO (KCTV) -

An unusual court fight is taking place in Warrensburg, MO. The bond for a murder suspect was paid, but the judge is refusing to release him.

The man accused of hiring someone to kill a local bar owner is still behind bars, despite posting his $2 million bond. That has the defense attorney highly upset and he has now filed a motion with the court of appeals.

The murder of popular Warrensburg bar owner Blaine Whitworth last September shocked the residents of the small town and infuriated his parents. They have now poured their energy into running his businesses and funding local projects in Blaine Whitworth's name, while they wait for the trial.

"He would have a lot of suggestions of things we probably didn't do. But I think he would be proud from the standpoint of keeping his memory alive," his father, Barry Whitworth, said.

The trial date for Ziyad Abid, the man accused of hiring someone to kill Blaine Whitworth, has already been set.

Abid was also able to post a $2 million bond. But his attorney said Johnson County Judge Michael Wagner refused to release Abid, which the attorney calls a violation of state law.

"When you have an order set for bond you assume, if you comply with conditions, you'll be released. We haven't seen it happen before," defense attorney Pat Peters said.

Peters has now filed a motion with the court of appeals to force Wagner to comply with the original court order. In a brief, Peters claims Wagner questioned the source of the bond which was posted by the government of Saudi Arabia.

According to court documents, Wagner reportedly said "The Saudi government...deposited $2 million in the court account. ... Who owns that money at the end of the day? Who is laying claims to these funds? It's obvious the Saudi government did not wish to give that money to a bondsman."

Peters found the remarks offensive and said whoever funded the bond is irrelevant.

"Whether it's family, friend, government or guardian angel, it doesn't matter," the attorney said.

Blaine Whitworth's father said the judge made the right decision.

"Anything that allows the suspect to stand trial and makes sure he stands trial, we think is in the best interest of the prosecution," Barry Whitworth said.

KCTV5's Dave Jordan spoke with Wagner and he declined to comment on the case because it is pending. He has until Monday to respond to the brief.

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