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- David L Josephus, 20, is a suspect in the killing of Milan Loncar, 25 last week
- Loncar was shot dead on Wednesday while he was out walking his dog
- Josephus has a long criminal history and spent the majority of 2020 behind bars
- Two weeks before Loncar’s killing, he was released from jail after his bail relating to kidnapping charges was dramatically reduced
- This followed repeated delays in his trial due to pandemic courthouse closures and other factors
Published: 06:47 EST, 18 January 2021
A man accused of killing a dog walker in botched robbery in Philadelphia last week was released on bail just two weeks before the slaying, it emerged today – after his kidnapping trial was delayed eight times.
The delays that led a judge to lower Davis L. Josephus’s bail have been blamed on a combination of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic and prosecution blunders.
Josephus, 20, was this weekend arrested over the killing of 25-year-old graduate student Milan Loncar who was shot on Wednesday night while walking his dog about a block from his Breweryton, Philadelphia home.
Josephus had posted $20,000 bail on December 29 on charges of motor theft and kidnapping, and $12,000 on charges including aggravated assault on a prison guard, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
He had been arrested in February 2020 for allegedly kidnapping an Uber driver and remained in jail since that date. But he was released last month on the lower bail – that had been dramatically reduced from $300,000 – after his trial date was delayed eight times, the paper said.
Josephus’s lawyer was able to ask for the lower bail because of the delays to the trial, which were caused by prosecutors repeatedly failing to have their case prepared and delays and closures across the court system caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Before his February 2020 arrest, Josephus had been arrested five times over the preceding year.
DAVIS JOSEPHUS’ RAP SHEET:
March 2015: David was charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and simple assault. He was found to be an adjudicated delinquent on the assault charge, which is the same as a guilty verdict.
January 2019: He was charged with robbery and conspiracy. His bail was set at $20,000. The charges were later dropped but refiled by the DA in August. His bail was revoked the following month.
October 2019: He pleaded guilty to both of the charges above and was sentenced to between 6 to 12 months in prison with two years probation. He bail was reinstated.
January 2020: He pleaded guilty to robbery and conspiracy in a separate robbery case from October 2019. He was given them same sentence but the judge ruled he could serve both sentences concurrently.
February 2020: He was arrested over a carjacking and charged with robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle, kidnapping for ransom and conspiracy related to an incident in July 2019. The victim was believed to be an Uber drive. This time his bail was set at $100,000. He remained in prison for the majority of 2020.
September 2020: He was charged with assault for attacking a prison guard or inmate.
October 2020: During his assault hearing, his bail was reduced from $200,000 to $12,000. He only had to post $1,200 to get out.
December 2020: His bail in the carjacking was then reduced from $100,000 to $20,000. He only had to pay $2,000 to get out. He was able to pay his bond for the carjacking and jail assault cases and was released.