March 07, 2017 10:38 AM
Diamond Reynolds was in Ramsey County Court Monday for a bail hearing in a case in which she's alleged to have beaten a woman over the head with a hammer.
The 27-year-old Reynolds is the former girlfriend of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in St. Anthony over the summer.
Reynolds was charged Friday with felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault causing substantial bodily harm.
Reynolds attorney, Karlowba Adams Powell, argued in court Monday for a lower bail, saying Reynolds didn't have felony convictions or a violent history. Outside the courtroom, Adams Powell said Reynolds will ultimately enter a plea of not guilty.
However, a check of police records in St. Paul showed Reynolds has had several contacts with police either as a victim, suspect, witness or arrestee.
Reynolds was arrested in 2008 for assault with a dangerous weapon on Canton Street in St. Paul. The report in that incident says she and her mother, Dafina Dota, were in a room when a man was allegedly duct-taped, sodomized and beaten. Reynolds was arrested but later released. No charges were filed against either Reynolds or her mother, and they were deemed witnesses to that crime.
Monday, a judge set Reynolds bail at $20,000 on condition she doesn't contact the victim or her co-defendants. Reynolds can be released with no conditions if she pays a bail of $40,000. The judge said he made that call based on the nature of the allegations and the fact the alleged attack on Feb. 28 was planned.
On Tuesday, a report from the Ramsey County Jail indicated Reynolds had posted bond and was released Monday afternoon.
Reynolds, in jail since she was arrested Thursday, was in an orange jumpsuit at the bail hearing Monday.
She's accused of allegedly using a hammer to attack another woman outside of an apartment on Jessamine Lane last week. The criminal complaint says the ambush was the result of an ongoing feud between Reynolds, her two friends Chnika Blair and Dyamond Richardson, and the victim.
The complaint says a group of females had "jumped" another female and struck her in the head with a hammer. The victim had blood on her face and forehead. The victim claimed Richardson drove up, got out of her car, and chased her while spraying bear mace at the victim.
Reynolds, Blair and Richardson were arrested Thursday and charged Friday.
The victim was taken to Region's Hospital with head injuries and has since been released.
Updated: March 07, 2017 10:38 AM
Created: March 06, 2017 09:35 PM
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