MANASSAS, Va. – A judge has denied bond to a Virginia man charged with capital murder in the 2012 death of his 1-year-old son even though he will have spent four years in jail awaiting trial.
Joaquin Rams was charged in 2013 with the death of his son Prince. Prosecutors said they believe he also killed his mother and girlfriend in separate incidents, though he is not charged with those deaths.
Defense attorneys asked a Prince William County judge Wednesday to release Rams on home confinement. They questioned the strength of the government's case and said it's unfair Rams has been jailed awaiting a trial that won't begin until 2017.
But Judge Craig Johnson rejected the bond request, saying the trial was delayed at the defense's request. And prosecutors said their case is strong.