Despite four arrests since October ranging from second-degree murder to possession with intent to distribute heroin, Cedric Merrell Glasper has spent most of the past year outside of a jail cell.
“We don’t believe that he should be on the street,” said Hillar Moore III, East Baton Rouge Parish’s district attorney. “We believe he should be in jail.”
Beginning with an arrest in late October on an array of drug charges, Glasper, 25, has repeatedly been arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on serious offenses, only to be released within days after posting bail. In total, Glasper has put up nearly $50,000 to post bails totaling more than $400,000 for the three arrests, according to bond appearance forms filed in court.
And on Tuesday, he landed in jail again.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, an informant told detectives to look for a green Toyota Camry on Tuesday night in the area of North Foster Drive near Florida Boulevard because a drug deal was scheduled to go down. So when a speeding car matching that description appeared there Tuesday evening, police stopped it. Inside, they found Glasper, who had nearly $600 cash in his pockets and several plastic bags filled with heroin tucked away in the car’s center console, the affidavit says.
It marked the third time since October police arrested Glasper, 5122 Wilmot St., Baton Rouge, on a count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, court records show. And between the first and second heroin arrests, Glasper was accused by detectives with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office of being one of three people involved in a March shooting in the Glen Oaks area that left Corinthian Robertson dead and two other men in their 20s injured.
Prosecutors since mid-June have been asking judges to revoke or increase Glasper’s numerous bails, but a hearing on the matters has yet to occur. The first motion hearing is set for July 7 before state District Judge Trudy White, while the second is scheduled July 9 before state District Judge Bonnie Jackson.
Moore, the district attorney, noted that Glasper is presumed innocent until these cases run their course. But based on the allegations, Glasper should be in jail, Moore said.
He called the case “unusual,” adding, “this is certainly not what normally happens.”
Judges set bail to ensure that defendants show up for their court dates. However, if an accused violates the conditions of the bail, the judge often revokes or increases the bail. It’s not clear whether Glasper violated any conditions despite subsequent arrests.
Under Louisiana law, people jailed but not yet convicted can pay a bail bondsman 12 percent of the bail — for example, $12,000 on a $100,000 bail — to be released from jail, and the bondsman will ensure the defendants appear in court. Or defendants can post a bond putting up private property or they can be released on their own recognizance.
Tommy Damico, a Baton Rouge criminal defense attorney who represents Glasper, said his client has a right to bail unless he is found guilty of any of the accusations in court.
“An arrest is one thing,” Damico said. “Let’s see what they can prove in court.”
The first arrest in the series — court records show Glasper had been arrested at least twice before on other drug charges a few years ago — came in late October. Police executed a search warrant on a Bradley Street residence and found him inside along with various amounts of heroin, crack cocaine and a pain killer called hydromorphone, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
He was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. But within days, he posted a $100,000 bail and was released.
While free on bail, Glasper was arrested in the Glen Oaks homicide. Authorities booked him again into Parish Prison, this time on a count of second-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder and a count of illegally carrying a weapon.
A judge set his bail at $150,000. Again, within days, he posted bail and was released.
Then, on June 11, police caught Glasper with more heroin, an affidavit says, leading them to book him into Parish Prison on a count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. His bail was set at $51,500.
On June 14, Glasper bailed out. But it wasn’t long before he was back.
Glasper’s current bail is set at $200,000. As of Wednesday night, he remained in Parish Prison.
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