Judge won’t re­duce bail in ar­son case

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - — Marisa Ger­ber

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.

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