Murder suspect’s bail $500,000 |

Murder suspect’s bail $500,000

Bail was set Tuesday at $500,000 for alleged murderer Ron Blamey. The Truckee man is accused in the death of his wife, California Department of Justice employee Michiel Blamey.

“Basically it’s very difficult to set an amount in a case like this, and ultimately it’s at the judge’s discretion,” Nevada County Assistant District Attorney Fred Holmes said. “The $500,000 amount is consistent with bail set in other murder cases in recent years in Nevada County.”

Holmes said in setting bail, judges consider many important factors but that two of the most important concerns are public safety and determining whether the amount set assures the defendant will appear at the time of his or her hearing.

In order to post bail, Blamey must provide at least 10 percent of his total bail amount to a bail bonding company, LeeAnn Curtis of Alder Creek Bail Bonds said.

Because bail bonding companies are designed to insure an individual’s appearance in court and are governed like all insurance companies, the bonding company will then require of Blamey collateral equaling the full bond amount.

“He’s a fairly wealthy guy,” Holmes said. “He may be able to do it.”

Blamey had not yet posted bail on Wednesday. He is being held at the Wayne R. Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City.

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