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Murder suspect charged with committing new murder while on bail

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – A Mobile County murder suspect is charged with killing another person while on bail for the first felony.

Dayvon Bray, 22, was arrested on Friday January 14 and charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting on Bellingrath Road on Thursday evening.

According to MPD, Bray is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend, 18-year-old Jireh Portis.

Dayvon Bray

Bray had previously been arrested in August 2021 for a fatal shooting in Prichard. He was released on bail the following month.

Court records named the victim of Prichard’s 2021 shooting as Frederick Lamar James. Records show that prosecutors filed a motion to have bail removed in Bray’s original murder case.

This case highlights something that Alabama lawmakers have been tackling for years, the so-called “revolving door of crime” — a term referring to what they call low bail amounts that allow people suspected of violent crimes to be released, only to commit new crimes.

Alabama lawmakers passed a bill called Aniah’s Law that would allow judges to set no bail in more criminal cases. The bill is submitted to voters in November.

Aniah’s Law is named after Aniah Blanchard, a teenage girl from Alabama who was killed by a suspect on bail for another violent crime.


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