Judge: No Bail for Suspect in City Stabbing ; Brandon Mills, 20, Faces a Murder Charge in the Oct. 21 Killing of Jarmaine Ramirez, 16, of Portland.The Times Herald - National News
> Judge: No Bail for Suspect in City Stabbing ; Brandon Mills
, 20, Faces a Murder Charge in the Oct. 21 Killing of Jarmaine Ramirez, 16, of Portland.
Prosecutors have enough proof to hold Brandon Mills
without bail while he
awaits trial on a murder charge, even though there may be weaknesses in the state's case against him, a judge ruled Friday.
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The state has met the "low standard" of probable cause to support a murder charge against Mills
, Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren said.
Warren also said there could be questions about whether Mills
had the state of mind to commit murder, which is necessary to prove under Maine law.
"There is no evidence I heard at which you infer that at the time (Mills) arrived at 223 Congress St., that he
intended to commit murder," Warren said.
But Warren said the state does not have to show premeditation on Mills' part to win a conviction, because intent to commit murder can be formed in an instant.Therefore, he
said, there was enough uncontested evidence to support a murder charge, and to deny Mills bail before his
Warren's ruling came after an unusually thorough bail hearing, during which most of the witnesses against Mills
were questioned by the prosecution and defense.
The victim's brother and sister testified that Brandon Mills
was fighting with Ramirez, who called out, "I've been stabbed," and fell to the ground.