Judge won’t reduce bail in arson case
The man accused of starting a fire that razed the downtown construction site for the Da Vinci apartments, the size of a city block, will remain jailed on $1-million bail, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday.
The public defender for Dawud Abdulwali, 56, said that the case against her client was “pretty much circumstantial” and offered to turn over his passport. But Judge Upinder Kalra refused to reduce Abdulwali’s bail.
Prosecutors opposed a bail reduction. Abdulwali has flown to Saipan twice since the 75,000-square-foot, seven-story Da Vinci complex burned down Dec. 8, they said.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Sean Carney said Abdulwali is “both a flight risk and a danger to the community.”
“This was an arson of massive proportions,” Carney said. “It placed everyone within a several-block radius in danger.”
Abdulwali is charged with arson of a structure and aggravated arson in connection with the fire. He has pleaded not guilty and is due back in court July 22 to set the date for his preliminary hearing.