Mobile judge ends bond hearing early after convicted killer yawns

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A judge in Mobile on Wednesday ended a bond hearing early after the suspect, a convicted killer charged in a new crime, yawned on the court video feed from jail.

After the yawn, Judge Joe Basenberg told Reginald Blevins he was sorry for interrupting his nap.

The purpose of the hearing was to set a bond for Blevins. However, Judge Basenberg reset the hearing for Thursday.

“He needs help for drugs, he needs to get in some type of rehab to help him,” said Harry and Mary Keys, Blevins’ parents.

His parents were in the courtroom Wednesday morning, they tell News 5 he hadn’t been the same person since he came back from prison. “He was on rock jail. He was released from prison, he was on rock. He was spaced out. I tried to get him help and he wouldn’t get help,” they said.

Blevins is charged with robbery and assault for allegedly shooting a gas station clerk during a robbery at the CEFCO on Springhill Avenue last Friday.

During the robbery, prosecutors said Blevins forced the clerk to unlock the door. Police said Blevins was stealing beer. The clerk is expected to survive.

Just two months before the shooting, Blevins was released from prison after serving a three-year sentence for the 2013 murder of Joey O’Brien. Blevins pleaded guilty in that case, receiving a 20-year sentence, of which Judge Michael Youngpeter suspended 17 years.

A month after Blevins was out, he was arrested on drug charges. The DA’s office filed a motion to revoke his probation a day before the shooting happened.

Now, there is a probation hold on him, so even if a bond is granted, Blevins won’t be released from Metro Jail.

“We need to keep the most dangerous locked up in prison, so it is extremely frustrating. I can say based on this new case, this individual has enough felonies so if we are able to convict him of the robbery and assault, then he will be looking at life without the possibility of parole,” said Deborah Tillman, the Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Mobile County DA’s office.

Blevins will be back in court Thursday morning in front of Judge Basenberg for a second bond hearing.

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