Murder suspect accused of committing new murder while out on bond

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A Mobile County murder suspect is accused of killing another person while out on bond for the first crime.

Dayvon Bray, 22, was arrested Friday, Jan. 14, and charged with murder in connection with a deadly shooting on Bellingrath Road Thursday night.

According to MPD, Bray is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend, 18-year-old Jireh Portis.

“She was very playful, she was always happy, she was always that person that pretty much came in and wanted to put a smile on people’s face,” friend Phelon Carter told WKRG News 5.

Dayvon Bray, Jireh Portis

Bray was previously arrested in August 2021 for a deadly shooting in Prichard. He was released on bond the next month.

Court records named the victim in the 2021 Prichard shooting as Frederick Lamar James. Records show prosecutors have filed a motion to revoke bond in Bray’s initial murder case.

This case highlights something Alabama lawmakers have been tackling for years, the so-called “revolving door of crime” — a term referencing how people suspected of violent crimes are routinely released on bond, only to commit new crimes.

Alabama lawmakers passed a bill named Aniah’s Law that would allow judges to deny bond in more criminal cases. The proposed law goes before voters in November.

Aniah’s Law is named after Aniah Blanchard, an Alabama teenager who allegedly was killed by a suspect out on bond for another violent crime.

There’s also a push to raise the recommended maximum bond amounts for suspects who are granted bond. Currently, it’s common for murder suspects in Alabama to get a $150,000 bond. A motion before the Alabama Supreme Court would increase that number to $1.5 million. Montgomery County’s District Attorney is leading that effort and has the support of Mobile County prosecutors.

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