ITHACA, N.Y. — Bail was set Friday afternoon at the Tompkins County Courthouse for a man charged with murdering a person in Newfield last month.
Roy Clements Jr., 39 — who is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and fourth-degree conspiracy — was previously being held at Tompkins County Jail without bail for allegedly murdering Camden Rundell, 30, on Dec. 2.
“We have reason to believe (Clements) was the individual who actually caused the death of Rundell,” District Attorney Andrew Bonavia said as he addressed Judge Joseph Cassidy on Friday.
Court records show that Clements is being accused of restraining Rundell in his yard while other people robbed the man’s home, eventually causing the man’s death.
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Clements was represented by attorneys Lance Salisbury and Jerome Mayersak. Mayersak argued Clements is a low-risk individual, arguing that he has lived in the area his entire life, with two children and no criminal history.
Bonavia argued that Clements’ bail should be set on-par with Jamie Gerhart, another suspect in the case whose bail was recently set.
“Quite frankly, I don’t care about Gerhart’s bail, I’m arguing for my client with no criminal history,” Mayersak said.
Judge Cassidy said that in weighing the factors, the court would grant Clements’ application for bail, given that he has no criminal history, family ties, and children in the area.
Clements’ bail has been set for $200,000 cash bail and $500,000 bond.
“I feel that this is what is appropriate for this case at this time,” Judge Cassidy said.